As the culture becomes increasingly hostile towards Christianity we need elders who will keep the dock sure, steady, and unmoved, all the while holding a rope out to those drowning in the water of the culture, looking for solid ground.
It’s hard to sit down and listen to an hour-long sermon when you spend your day flipping from the smart phone to the iPad to the big screen.
How then should a pastor or team of elders select music that glorifies God and serves the body?
Maybe it simply worth noting that there is a long history, first in England, then in the States, of Baptists addressing the question of whether the unbaptized should be accepted into the membership of Baptist churches. To put it in a less sterile way, should the church really be split over a difference in baptism? The most famous account, […]
I think we need to be careful. As I read Scripture, I’m struck by a couple things that are pertinent to this topic. First, we should expect that a disciple will resemble his teacher: “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Jesus […]
If you are reading this blog post, you may very well be at a church that is already led by a plurality elders. You may, like me, be at a church that is thinking toward moving that direction. I’m in a unique setting because I’m not the first pastor at the church I serve to […]
At Mount Vernon, the church I serve, we moved to elders a number of years ago. As our elders talk about shepherding—which is always—I’ve found that one of the most helpful texts to speak from has been 1 Peter 5:2-4 where Peter writes to the elders, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your […]
I first read Knowing God in 1994. It was a real eye-opener. It was the first book on theology that I had been introduced to, but it was written with the expectation that if I truly grasped it, my love and passion for God would increase. God used this book to increase my hunger for the Bible. […]
Wait, you can do evangelism without an altar call? Read on.
We need to keep in mind that we are not free to do whatever we want, whatever works, or whatever good people ask us to do.
How Sermon’s Work is slender enough to be used by the untrained and provocative enough to stimulate healthy discussion among more experienced preachers.
The failure of particular local churches may be the best, most enduring reason for the need for solid, gospel-centered, evangelistic parachurch ministries.
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament is an excellent resource that has yet to be replaced.
There are a myriad of books on preaching, but Johnson believes that the Bible is finally the best guidebook for preaching the Bible.
This book is devoted to working out the nuances of the relationship between congregation and elders.