A Marathon Mentality for Ministry
The man of God needs to be ready for the long, hard race set before him
I like to sprint. I sometimes find myself falling subject to the tyranny of bigger/faster. Many years ago, a friend and mentor, told me, “Ministry is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.” How right he was! I was always better at sprinting than running long distance–back in the days when I actually ran…in high... Continue Reading
Bill Gothard’s Former Institute Loses ECFA Accreditation over Governance
Bill Gothard’s former ministry has lost its seal of approval from the leading group that sets the standards for evangelical ministries.
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) terminated the membership of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) last Friday, citing “failure to comply” with its governance standard. ECFA requires member organizations to have a board of at least five people (mostly independents) that pray, chart long-range strategy, and identify potential conflicts of interest, among... Continue Reading
Tullian Tchividjian’s Liberate Network Dissolves and Cancels 2017 Conference
Warren Throckmorton reported the following on March 18, 2016.
The remaining board members of the recently launched Liberate Network have decided to cancel the 2017 Liberate Conference and dissolve the organization. Those that had registered for the conference will be issued full refunds. We’d like to thank those that have stood alongside Liberate in championing the message of ‘God’s inexhaustible grace for an exhausted... Continue Reading
Tullian Tchividjian Out at Willow Creek Presbyterian; Majority of Liberate Network Board Members Quit
Pastor Kevin Labby indicated that a statement would come soon from the Liberate Network board.
Tchividjian’s dismissal appears to be related to new allegations of wrong doing involving another inappropriate relationship prior to the affair which led to his resignation at Coral Ridge. Also, the woman with whom Tchividjian had an improper relationship has accused him of owing money to her husband and of fooling his counselor while still pursuing her.... Continue Reading
Christians Flock to Groups That Help Members Pay Medical Bills
Membership in sharing ministries has more than doubled over the last six years
“Because they are not insurance companies, sharing ministries provide no guarantee that members’ medical debts will be paid; members are advised to trust that God will provide. The ministries say the payment system is helping Christians fulfill a biblical mandate to share one another’s burdens.” When Chris Doyle learned that his health insurance deductible... Continue Reading
Old Princeton: Charles Hodge—Don’t Throw Out the Roman Catholic’s Baptism with its Baptism Water
Hodge on: Is Roman Catholic baptism valid baptism?
While history is of great importance for Hodge, he also turns to logic. His argument begins by defining what baptism is with Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 94, and then offers three points of reference for a litmus test: first, baptism must be by washing with water; second, it must be Trinitarian; and third, its intent... Continue Reading
President of Highly Anticipated Bible Museum Says People Will Be ‘Shocked’ By What’s Inside
The Museum of the Bible is slated to open next year in Washington, D.C., with its organizers promising that it will be unlike any other institution of its kind.
The Museum of the Bible will be so massive upon completion that it would take nine eight-hour days to go through the entire museum and to watch all 54 video vignettes, Summers said. So, the museum will rely on personalized tablets and specialized tours that will take guests through the facility based on their interests... Continue Reading
Wycliffe Associates Leaves Bible Translation Alliance over ‘Son of God’ for Muslims
Debate over how to best convey the Trinity continues.
WA cited several reasons for its decision, starting with controversy over the language used to describe Jesus. In some Bible translations, the language of Jesus’ relationship to God the Father (e.g. “Son of God”) is softened to stem confusion and anger from Muslims who mistakenly believe this means that God engaged in sexual relations with... Continue Reading
An Analysis of ‘Celebrate Recovery’ Addictions Program (Part 1)
This review will demonstrate that CR contains two major problems
CR’s stated purpose is “to encourage fellowship and to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery” (21). Further, Warren claims that CR is “more effective in helping people change than anything else I’ve seen or heard of.” Enslaving behaviors are as old, and common... Continue Reading
In Ukraine Towns Ravaged by War, Evangelical Missionaries Find Fertile Ground
As Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists carry on an almost forgotten fight in half-deserted towns, despite a year-old cease-fire, several well-organized evangelical groups are staging a campaign of their own.
One church in the city of Slovyansk north of here, the Good News Church, has opened a school specifically to train missionaries for work in this conflict zone. So far, about 75 people have completed the one-month course and deployed along the 300-mile front. It is a spiritual turning of the tables, of sorts. When... Continue Reading