The Five Solas series is to help Christians understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.
What if we took seriously our “for better or worse, till death do us part” vows in marriage and then applied them to church?
I have neither felt underutilized nor overburdened. I am neither bored nor burnt-out. I am only grateful.
Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:6 that loving others involves exercising discernment. And sometimes discernment results in prayerful silence.
If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.
In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.
Among young pastors and church planters, there’s no less than a deluge of pressure to give every waking moment to our churches, to the neglect of our families. But brothers, it should never be so.
If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, through Christ Jesus.
Homelessness is always a crisis. But merciful, compassionate, and loving Christians can’t only and always walk the other way.
We may share the gospel a thousand times, and never see a convert. It’s our job to be faithful. The rest is up to God.
What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?
Events and programs aren’t bad. But when we depend on them to do all the work of discipling and relationship-building, we should expect them to eventually fail.
The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God. We simply don’t trust God to do the work that only he can do.
We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?
It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.