During tense political seasons, church members need to learn to live with one another in an understanding way. But what does that mean?
Listening well and loving deeply won’t resolve every political disagreement in your church. It will do something better.
We each have to pastor our own flocks in light of their needs, strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots. But we don’t do that in a vacuum. We need to be wise, but we also cannot duck important issues.
Pastoring in a Pandemic, Episode 3: Thinking through the Dilemma of Gathering Again with Michael LawrenceBy J. Leeman, M. Lawrence | 05.06.2020
Jonathan Leeman chats with Michael Lawrence, the senior pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon, about the dilemma of our churches gathering again.
How God Creates a People Does what a church believes about how people become Christians change how we do evangelism? In this concise book, Michael Lawrence explains the doctrine of conversion and helps us consider the relationship between what we believe about how people are saved and our approach to sharing the gospel in the context of […]
A Guide for Ministry In this book, Capitol Hill Baptist Church associate pastor Michael Lawrence centers on the practical importance of biblical theology to ministry. He begins with an examination of a pastor’s tools of the trade: exegesis and biblical and systematic theology. The book distinguishes between the power of narrative in biblical theology and […]
There’s no question the Lord has used altar calls and the sinner’s prayer to bring people to himself. But in general, they’re not a good idea. They inoculate people to the gospel, convincing them they no longer need it when in fact they don’t have it at all.
I’d like to offer some help on how to talk and think about the application of complementarianism within your own congregation, whether that’s with people you agree with or people you don’t.
Your doctrine of conversion will affect your understanding of what a local church should be.
The entire storyline of Scripture, the history of redemption, is the story of God providing substitutes for his people to cover their shame and bear the judgment they deserved so that they might be accepted by him.
20 quotes from It Is Well, a book by Mark Dever & Michael Lawrence.
If you believe God is totally sovereign in conversion, then that should affect your philosophy of ministry—how you preach, how you evangelize, and even how you structure your membership process.
What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?
Young people need to be given a worldview that answers the hard questions, not one that masks over questions with moralism and fun.