Having looked at the Scriptural evidence for female deacons, let's explore this question: What has been the role of women throughout church history? Although the practices and traditions of previous eras aren't formally binding on present churches, we must remember that many Christians have preceded us and thought deeply about these issues. Church tradition is … Continue reading The Case of Female Deacons: Wisdom from the Past (Church History)
The Bible is God's very Word. Each local church' must carefully study Scripture and allow it to shape its beliefs and practices. It is not sufficient to adopt a position based on human tradition ("we've always done it this way!") nor cultural pressure ("we gotta keep up with the times!"). Scripture must have its say … Continue reading The Case for Female Deacons: What Does the Bible Say?
This is the second installment on a two-part series on our church structure. You can find the first part here. In the first post, I looked at what the Bible has to say concerning how a local church should be structured. I believe that the consistent pattern of Scripture is that local churches are lead … Continue reading Why Does LBC Have Multiple Pastors, Pt. 2: The Practical Benefits
This is Part One of a two-part series on our church structure. At Lincroft Bible Church, we have multiple pastors on staff as well as six other pastors. (The other pastors are also called "elders." The term is interchangeable in Scripture. To be an elder is to be a pastor and vice versa). Moreover, we … Continue reading Why Does LBC Have Multiple Pastors?