Do your church members physically abuse their children? Maybe you think it’s so few that you don’t feel compelled to teach publicly what everyone knows: don’t abuse your kids. At most it’s one or two bad apples, right? I’m not so sure. I cannot say that I want to write about this topic, and I’m […]
Congregationalism is administratively inefficient. It provokes quarrelling and divisiveness. It caters to the most immature members of a church. It cultivates individualism. It undermines pastors. And it just might add to global hunger, strife in the Middle East, and the commercialization of Christmas. These are the types of things for which congregationalism is sometimes dismissed. […]
A lot of conversations about the gospel in recent years seem to go back to whether the gospel is a proposition or a story. Several years ago, I kept hearing people pit God-man-Christ-response (proposition) against creation-fall-redemption-consummation (story). Few people—I hope—still try to make those butt heads, but recognize that they serve different purposes. More recently Scot McKnight has offered […]
Being a good leader also means learning how to lead from the bottom up. It means being a foundation, a buttress, a platform for the activity of others.
Right biblical theology offers a trustworthy guide to life in the church, and guards against wrong emphases, wrong expectations, and a wrong gospel.
To: The members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church From: Jonathan Leeman, for the CHBC elders Date: July 20, 2014 The elders of Capitol Hill Baptist propose the following motion to the members of CHBC: We recommend removing the following phrase from article 5, section 2, of our church constitution: “A majority of the […]
Mark Dever answers Jonathan Leeman’s questions about his strategies for raising up elders in the church.
This is a letter to any of you who are godly seminary professors. I’ve want to write you about this for a while now. What sparked it recently is the announcement of a new biography on G. E. Ladd. Apparently, the biography focuses on the paradox of his life, namely, the fact that he did excellent scholarship for the evangelical academy while, […]
1. Transcendence and Immanence in Parenting The topic of parenting isn’t something I choose to think about. It’s something that’s thrust upon me day by day, even minute by minute. Praise God for my 3 young girls. What a gift! Lots of good Reformed literature on parenting has been teaching me about training my children. But here’s something which some of […]
1.They fail to teach their congregation what church discipline is and why to practice it. 2.They fail to teach about and practice meaningful membership. This involves cultivating a culture of personal discipleship and involvement in one another’s lives in which people transparently confess sin to one another. This also involves failing to adequately teach what […]
A seminary professor is not the same thing as a church elder. That was probably the main thing I observed at last week’s Gordon Conwell Seminary conference “Renewing the Evangelical Mission,” which I attended with Michael Lawrence. Consider a couple of obvious matters: An elder is chosen (hopefully) for his exemplary character, his ability to […]
Everyone puts up boundaries. The inclusivist mindset of our day likes to think it doesn’t, but it does. It just excludes those who hold a little too strongly to something the inclusivist doesn’t believe. The so-called centered-set approach to doctrine and the local church likes to think it does not put up boundaries either, but […]
I recently asked Pastor David King who is a pastor in Tennessee about his church’s work of cleaning up their membership roles. Here’s the interview: David, I heard that you recently excommunicated 500 members from your church. Can this be right? What you heard is only partly true. We actually removed 575 members. Okay, why? […]
About a year ago, a group of us at 9Marks decided to meet together semi-regularly to discuss that thorny bramble of a topic—the mission of the church. It’s a tough topic because it involves you in all sorts of controversial theological questions: what is the gospel; what’s the relationship of the gospel and moral […]