It’s always a privilege to study God’s Word and a joy to present my findings to others. Not long ago I was asked if I would fill in the pulpit ministry at a local church while the pastor was out of the country visiting Turkey. With some hesitation I accepted, since I
This is a fine piece full of insight written by Jen Wilken who asks men to consider how we interact with women in ministry, in the church, and (I would argue) in the world. She enjoins us to follow a thought experiment about three female ghosts that “haunt staff meetings
I just finished reading through Craig Blomberg’s excellent Can We Still Believe the Bible?. It’s a tour de force that tackles topics such as the trustworthiness of our copies of the Bible instead of original manuscripts, canon of Scripture (both Old and New), King James Version controversies, inerrancy, historicity and genre,
Many years ago when I was called to serve on the pastoral staff of a fairly large church (running just over 600 in weekly attendance) something interesting occurred the first week of my very short tenure. The lead pastor and his wife had my wife and me over for dinner.
Craig Blomberg has a post titled “Why Go to Church?” that has some important observations….as far as they go. He notes that “people are abandoning regular church attendance in record numbers” and with little regret. Hebrews 10, says Blomberg, takes their departure seriously. Specifically he means Hebrews 10:24-25, which reads
Previously I submitted that one person may be endowed with the gifts of pastor and teacher (where the person is pastor) or these gifts may be distributed to distinct persons (where teachers only are involved). That is, all pastors are teachers, but not all teachers are pastors. In this post
Recently my wife and I have been exposed to two very different kinds of pastors. One pastor seems to be bent toward a practical model for preaching that is seemingly less rigorous academically, while the other pastor has a great deal of academic interests that are clearly displayed in his
How does your church resolve conflict? Often those in the crosshairs or with their finger on the trigger just pick up and go elsewhere. It’s far easier to leave a church than face the emotionally-charged task of resolution. And it’s simple to “shop around” since most churches of the evangelical
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm,
Recently I was talking with a dear friend and brother in Christ when the topic of church leadership was mentioned. In our discussion I recalled this passage from Mark 10:35-45, which reads: Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to
Must the Christian give ten percent (or more) of their income? If so, where does the Bible teach this? If not, why do so many believers and church leaders today maintain one must give at least ten percent? Just how much should a Christian give to a church or ministry?