Mailbag #84: I Live too Far from A Healthy Church. What Should I Do? . . . Among Baptists, What’s the History of a Plurality of Elders?By S. Emadi, S. DeMars | 05.31.2019
— I live in an extremely rural area where we have many churches but none that are healthy. What should I do? — Many Baptist churches now have multiple elders. I understand the biblical case for this, but what’s the history of a plurality of elders among Baptists?
If you’re looking for the words “thou shalt be a church member” in Scripture, you won’t find them. But if that troubles you, let me encourage you to think a little differently about how to arrive at biblical conclusions.
As a professor of mine used to say, “there’s nothing wrong with a prooftext… as long as the text proves what you say it does.”
Mailbag #78: Can a Church Require Too Many Meetings? . . . Should the Church be Involved in a Pastor’s Decision to Leave? . . . Reformed Theology in the Church’s Teaching MinistryBy C. Humfrey, M. Livingston, S. Emadi | 03.22.2019
Can a church require too many services? How can pastors shepherd their flock while transitioning out? How should pastors teach about Reformed theology?
For this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviewed Mark Dever and Sam Emadi about our new Journal, Ecclesiology for Calvinists.
We’ll consider how our theology shapes our polity, how polity shapes ministry, and how ministry is fueled by our conception of God.
One key takeaway from the story of Joel Osteen’s ministry is the way that he and other modern mainstream prosperity preachers have altered the prosperity gospel to fit more with America’s secularizing worldview.
Baptism is an authorized declaration of the credibility of someone’s confession, not just a private judgment about whether we think someone is a Christian.
In every case, a church ought to be careful, weeding through words to attempt to discern the motivation behind a profession of faith―in other words, its credibility.
All of us—not just preachers—should beware bad biblical theology. But what exactly does bad biblical theology look like?
According to Scripture, our conversion isn’t an isolated, private act. Conversion involves a change of citizenship from one kingdom to another.
Personal relationships were never meant to serve as the foundation for our sense of church commitment.
With Defending Substitution, Simon Gathercole has given us a compelling, rich, and lucid presentation of substitution in 1 Corinthians 15 and Romans 5.
When you reduce congregationalism down to just members’ meetings, you deprive yourself of much of the blessing the Lord intends to grant his church through good polity.
Klink and Lockett’s survey of biblical-theological methods is a timely resource.