The Word-less “Church”

At the heart of the mess is a simple phenomenon: the churches seem to have lost a love for and confidence in the Word of God.

These churches still carry Bibles and declare the authority of the Scriptures. They still have sermons based on Bible verses and still have Bible study classes. But not much of the Bible is actually read in their services. Their sermons and studies usually do not examine the Bible to see what it thinks is important... Continue Reading

A Fictional Pastor Teaches Us to Love Big in Small Places

There’s an important place for continuing the tradition of compelling fictional accounts of rural life and ministry.

If Herbert’s vision is to live on and capture the hearts of some in a new generation, it will likely be, in part, through the work of gifted writers. Brad Roth’s recent God’s Country(2017) provides a biblically informed, culturally aware, and deeply compelling understanding of rural ministry. There are also biographical stories that capture the beauty... Continue Reading

Carl and Harold and Billy

Behind the scenes, Billy Graham helped efforts to strengthen the evangelical mind.

Billy Graham worked behind the scenes to help his two older friends pursue this unusual vision for Christ’s kingship over the world of colleges and universities. The academic world has its own subculture and customs, and Ockenga and Henry thought this world needed Jesus Christ just as much as the homeless men at a rescue... Continue Reading

Martin Bucer on the Importance of Ruling Elders

Bucer revealed remarkable discernment regarding the nature and essence of the church.

“Because so much is involved in the pastoral office, with teaching, exhortation, warning and discipline, comfort and pardon..and since the Lord has also bestowed and distributed the gifts necessary for this office not to one or two, but in different ways to many, it was his will that his churches, if they were able to... Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know about Sex

Sadly, today sex—a beautiful creation of God—functions in the surrounding culture like a spiritual solvent eating away at the very fabric of the human community.

Whether we know it or not, every human being lives in search of a savior. We are all propelled by a quest for identity, inner peace, and some kind of meaning and purpose. And we all look for it somewhere. Here’s the bottom line: looking to creation to get what only the Creator can give... Continue Reading

Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings, But Christians Should

No amount of hypocrisy in the life of a Christian can drive someone further away from salvation.

The Bible tells us that it is up to God to cause people to come to their senses. Think about this for a second. They are blind. They are captured by the devil. They are incapable of escaping on their own. Why are you mad at them? Of course they deserve hell. Of course they... Continue Reading

5 Ways Your Church Could End Up In Court

These true stories reveal the need for awareness and prevention.

For years, sexual abuse of a minor was the number one reason churches went to court. That changed in 2016, when property disputes took the top spot. Disagreements over church property can often lead to legal trouble, as in the following case.    It’s something we all do: we see the headlines, read the news,... Continue Reading

4 Purposes for Which God Created You

God had a purpose when he created you and me and took good pleasure in his creation.

God offers a life of meaning and purpose to you. Christ lived, died, rose from the grave, and ascended to the right hand of the Father for the sins of the world to reconcile a broken relationship, to inaugurate his kingdom of peace, and to establish a good rule in the beginning of a new... Continue Reading

Resisting the Spirit of the Age

We resist the spirit of the age by refusing to worship the idols of the age.

We resist the spirit of the age by refusing to worship the idols of the age. And we do this by trusting, obeying, and worshiping the one true God of this and every age, who has called us to know Him forever through His Son and by His Spirit.   We live in an age... Continue Reading

Baptists and Federal Visionists Together?

Both Baptists and Federal Visionists collapse the divine decree into the outward administration of the covenant of grace, though for different reasons.

Baptists do not confess nor do they ordinarily teach that baptism necessarily confers what it signifies. They baptize professing believers because, it is believed, that person professing faith already has what baptism signifies. Nevertheless, the Federal Visionists and the Baptists agree that the visible church is composed of those who have what baptism signifies. Both... Continue Reading