We want our kids to know that the church is for them, Jesus is for them, and eternal life is for them, so let’s speak to them in our sermons.
John Piper was recently asked, “How can American pastors begin to prepare the churches for persecution?”
How should church leaders respond to those embroiled in the age of self?
Are we over-programming or over-complicating what is actually required to help men and women learn to “speak the truth in love”?
Joe Rigney offers some critiques of Jonathan Leeman’s recent article “‘Christian Nationalism’ Misrepresents Jesus, So We Should Reject It”
How well do you treat other Christians with whom you disagree theologically?
Christian nationalism doesn’t push forward toward the eschaton, but backward toward the old covenant. It’s anti-new covenant. It nominalizes Christianity and, within a generation, undermines it altogether.
Many of us fondly remember John Piper’s “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”. But there’s another type of professionalism that is manifestly not what Piper intended to criticize. It is the day-to-day pursuit of excellence in ministry.
How does sitting under expository preaching 52 Sundays a year change a church?
Find the men in your church who are already eldering. Get to know them and, as you do, keep 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 in mind. Once you’re reasonably confident this man ought to be an elder, I recommend a process of formal evaluation.
Pastor-teachers do more than teach. They are called to lead—leadership that requires they be, both individually and collectively, sober-minded.
In his book Strategy Coordinator: Changing the Course of Southern Baptist Missions, R. Bruce Carlton sets out to provide a historical analysis of what he considers the most significant shift within the strategy of the International Mission Board since its inception in 1845.
What kinds of questions do you ask to assess the readiness of a prospective elder?
Acts 6 offers a paradigm for the “how” and “why” of church administration.
Good administration and good administrators are a gift from God. Don’t neglect these gifts just because they seem boring or nerdy.