Getting a Vision for the Parachurch
A healthy parachurch ministry knows that it exists primarily to protect the church.
The parachurch is not the church. It does not do what the church does, and it should not supplant the church in the minds and lives of those involved in its work.
The failure of particular local churches may be the best, most enduring reason for the need for solid, gospel-centered, evangelistic parachurch ministries.
Helping Church and Parachurch Work Together
Don’t support just any parachurch organization. Instead, use them to support efforts, individuals, or teams that you trust.
The most vital thing we can do to help the parachurch is to foster healthy, biblical churches.
Should there be any difference between the way we pray for a local church and the way we pray for a parachurch organization? No and yes.
Jesus authorized only one institution on earth to clean the kingdom gutters and unclog its pipes—the local church.
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
This book is worth your time as a penetrating indictment of quasi-Christianity and a source of some helpful advice about how to fight back.
This is biblical theology that “understand[s] the life of the Church as well as the way life in the postmodern world works.” It joins only a few like it.
This book is an illuminating exposition of much crucial biblical material that bears on discipleship.
I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.
If you are a pastor or church leader with responsibilities for worship or want to better understand this massive topic in Scripture, you should read this book.
Struthers’ research helps us to understand how pornography rewires the brain.
The gospel helps us to see that belonging to a church is like belonging to a family, while working for a parachurch is more like playing for a soccer team.