A culture of spiritual conversation in a local church is a powerful force for sanctification.
The author of Hebrews doesn’t move on from the gospel; he moves deeper into the gospel.
Don’t let your gospel-centrality become gospel reductionism.
What do you think corporate worship is for? What’s the goal of local churches’ weekly assemblies? “Um, worship?” That seems like an obvious answer. And it’s more than a little right. When we come together as a church we sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness to God in our hearts (Col. 3:16). We […]
Have you ever assumed something that turned out to be wrong? I sure have. For two years I called a good friend “Steve” only to discover that this gracious and longsuffering man preferred to be called “Stephen.” Evangelicals tend to make a similarly unfounded assumption about how to do church, namely, that the Bible has […]
For some reason, doing the dishes vexes my wife. I think the process feels futile to her: there’s always something else getting dirty, something more that needs to be put away. For me, dishes are no big deal. I’m more than happy to do them. But I’m much less sure-footed when it comes to some […]
Few passions are as deeply rooted in human nature—and especially in the hearts of pastors—as the drive to succeed. Its objects and venues vary, but the desire is universal. On one hand, this surely reflects something of the image of God. All of God’s purposes come to pass (Isa. 14:27). And none of his decrees […]
If the congregation as a whole is the final court of appeal, what does it mean for a church to submit to its leaders? The Bible teaches that elders are to teach the Word, set a godly example for the flock, and oversee the affairs of the church (1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Pet. 5:3; 1 […]
The heart of the book is summed up in Augustine’s saying, “He endured death as a lamb; he devoured it as a lion.”
Do Old Testament patterns of worship apply to new covenant church gatherings?
How do you know what a pastor’s fundamental role is? Look to Scripture’s story of shepherding.
For many, music is a stylized soundtrack to life. But when you come to church, leave your preferences at the door.
My faith was nourished and deepened by reading this book. Yours will be too.
I can think of few more homiletically helpful hobbies than keeping company with the likes of Shakespeare and Steinbeck.
My impression is that much—most?—of what goes by the name of expository preaching isn’t actually expository preaching.