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.
Book Review: The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church, by Tony Dale and George BarnaReview by Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: A New Evangelical Liberalism | 03.01.2010
Though The Rabbit and the Elephant is about the church, there is little explanation of what the church is beyond a series of interconnected relationships.
Maybe small churches do have a lot to offer. This is the heart of Benton’s message, and I think it is worth listening to.
If there’s no steady diet of biblical theology, what do our churches and church members really lose?
Which came first: the seeker-sensitive service philosophy or a commitment to sound biblical exposition?