The Fatal Flaw of the Church Growth Movement

Do you want your church to growth numerically? Most pastors and the people in their pews would answer, "yes!" Most genuine Christians want to see more people reached with the gospel. If more people get saved, then they need a place to go! If they come to your church, it will grow numerically. Consequently, the…

The Case of Female Deacons: Wisdom from the Past (Church History)

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…

Church as the Body of Christ

Baptism is the entry way into the church of Jesus Christ. It is the identifying marker that God has made good on His promises and has brought new life to someone. It is also a public statement to the world that new Christians are now "all-in" with Jesus. They left everything, picked up their crosses, and…

A Slap to Our (Individualistic) Faces

The prevailing view of life today is that of an individual standing on his or her own, heroically juggling various responsibilities—family, friendships, career, leisure, chores, and money…From time to time the pressures overwhelm us and we drop one or more of the balls. All too often church becomes one of those balls…An alternative model is…

Church of (Human) Glory? Or a Church of the Cross?

Amid our shifting culture—moving away from a culturally Christian, modern culture to a postmodern and neo-pagan culture—how should church respond? I think that we should reclaim some of our Protestant roots and learn from the great Reformer, Martin Luther.[1] In 1518, Martin Luther was still a monk within the Catholic church. His superiors, however, wanted…