The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.
I’ll discuss ways you shouldn’t preach historical narrative, illustrating each point by primarily looking at 1 Samuel 4–7: the battle of Aphek, the conflict between Dagon and Yahweh, and the battle of Ebenezer. If you haven’t read those chapters in a while, I’d encourage you to give them a look.
Obedience is costly and the road of perseverance is long. But God, in his kindness, does not want you to walk this road alone.
It takes time to grow a culture of evangelism. Hopefully some of these practices will help.
The Conversation Behind the Conversation: How Ecclesiological Assumptions Shape Our ComplementarianismBy Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019
Behind many of our complementarian debates are significant differences about how we view the church.
If your church doesn’t encourage women teaching women the Bible, then it’s not fulfilling Scripture’s vision of a healthy church.
For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.
Let’s briefly consider some of the “good-faith” objections to discipline we’ve encountered and how we try to help church members understand the theological principles undergirding discipline.
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.