Your ministry should not be ego-centric, but Christo-centric. Let it be driven by the Lord’s desires for your present church, not by the problems of your former church.
If churches were healthier, we’d never need to call together pastoral search committees.
Pastors should always be thinking ahead. How far ahead? To when you’re either gone or dead and your church has a new pastor.
The elbows were out—not in order to hurt anybody, but to make sure they don’t come back six months after I get there and say, “You never said that you believed this!”
Why do we do good works?
Is “incarnational” the best way to describe Christian mission?
What’s the difference between a church and three Christian friends throwing Frisbee at the local park?
It’s possible to be a biblical Christian without belonging to a small group. It’s impossible to be one without belonging to a church.
The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell, by Paul Helm. Banner of Truth, 1989. 152 pages. $8 Paul Helm is a teaching fellow at Regent College near Vancouver, and is widely known for his publications on the theology of John Calvin. His The Last Things is the final installment to a series of brief […]
How seriously should we take those who try to rewrite the story so that hell isn’t part of it? As seriously as we would take Hamlet critiquing Shakespeare’s work.
So when the Bible speaks of hell-fire, woe to us if we say, “It’s only a symbol.” If it is a symbol at all, it means the reality is worse than fire, not better.
Why is it that when people think about hell, they always conclude that God must be at fault and not themselves?
Of course, it’s good to teach our children not to be scared by shadows, and to be wary of those who use fear to sell us something. But what if there really is something to fear?
Divine wrath may not be the decorative masthead or the flag we raise up every flagpole. . . . It may not always be seen. But its absence will always be felt.