Throughout the Bible and the history of the church, God has used the witness of the church to draw people to himself.
Because of everything Jesus has done, and because of everything that he is, Christians are to stir one another up to love and good works.
Which “evangelism courses” are the best to use with non-Christians?
Very often a new pastor will find a statement of faith like our church had—unclear at best and heretical at worst.
Congregational? Presbyterian? Episcopalian? Presbygational? Conbypalian? Epigregyterian? I've heard them all (even made up a few myself).
"Its just as congregational as any other church," some argue. "We have a meeting of the whole church every quarter."
"No, it's Presbyterian" others say. "You have a group of pastors that makes decisions for multiple congregations."
If I want a Christianity that is authentic, real, textured, and alive, can I possibly have that within the narrow constraints of a structured system of doctrine?
What might not be so obvious is that a pastor needs to teach the church about more than just church discipline before they’re ready for discipline.
For all his off-the-cuff casualness, McLaren is nothing if not deliberate. He has an agenda, and it’s to reset altogether the church’s understanding of the gospel.
Bell’s “questions” are not as innocuous as they first sound. They are the means by which he permits one to disconnect and throw away the springs one doesn’t like.
The reunion Belcher is hoping for here is just not going to happen.
This book will be a great encouragement, and a convicting exhortation, to every pastor in America.
For a mature Christian who is thinking through these issues, Conn’s discussion will spark thoughts and will at least begin to chart a course in the right direction.
Book Review: Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, ed. by Thomas White, Jason G. Deusing, and Malcomb B. Yarnell, IIIReview by Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 09.02.2002
Allen’s chapter aside, this book is a generally well-articulated statement of some important Baptist distinctives.
This book would be useful to any pastor who is willing to have numerous and extended conversations with his people.