It can be good to have a “tribe” (e.g., Acts 29, 9Marks, SGM, the PCA) where you resonate with the philosophy of ministry and get good resources for your work. I’m also glad for what God is doing to bring people together across Reformed “tribes” through movements like T4G and The Gospel Coalition. Part of what God seems […]
I hate the word “non-Christian”. Christians use it all the time to describe people who are not Christians. For example, we might say something like, “I invited my non-Christian neighbor to church” or “My son is dating a non-Christian”. And I guess that I am OK with using the word in that way. It’s not […]
When I started out as a pastor, I wanted our church to reach the lost. I hoped to see our ranks stuffed full of people who had been graciously called from darkness to light through our proclamation of the gospel. We’ve seen some of that happen. We’ve planted churches for Spanish speakers, we’re starting a […]
Bifurcation. When I was in seminary, Diane Langberg came and spoke to one of our classes. In addition to counseling victims of all kinds of horrific abuse around the world, Dr. Langberg had quite a bit of experience working with pastors who had fallen into sexual sin. When she explained how men who (almost universally) began with […]
The first lesson in evangelizing across economic boundaries? We’re not all that different.
The Story is a gospel presentation tool designed by SpreadTruth.com. It is a popular tool for sharing the gospel; half a million people have viewed the gospel presentation online and The Story ESV Bible was published by Crossway in 2013. The Story can be accessed online (at http://viewthestory.com) through an app or via traditional printed […]
Evangelical churches talk a lot about evangelism, but most church members don’t share their faith very often. What’s going wrong?
What’s better than the best evangelism program? An evangelistic culture.
How can you raise up elders for your church? Train men in content, character, and competence.
Theological nuance is important, but it should never mask disobedience.
Here are five ways mercy ministry serves and supports a church’s gospel proclamation.
Don’t preach moralism. Ever. Preach the gospel every week. And then, with the indicatives of the gospel firmly in place, preach the imperatives that necessarily follow.
What were the human means and instruments of your conversion?
What to do—and what not to do—in the midst of church reform.
Church planting and church revitalizing share the same goal: to see a God-glorifying church established where it does not currently exist.