The Bible on Polity
Does the Bible tell us how to structure our churches? Yes.
What does a biblical church look like in Central Asia? Is 9Marks’ model really biblical? 9Marks asks a veteran missionary these questions and more.
The Bible on Philosophy of Ministry
How one pastor found pragmatism exhausting and man-centered, then found a better way.
What does it mean that Scripture is sufficient? And what is it sufficient for?
Finding the boundary between commands and sanctified common sense.
Pragmatism and authoritarianism are opposite errors in a philosophy of ministry. But what’s striking is what they have in common.
Reinow has expanded the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture to say a bit more than it has meant in church history since the Reformation, and more than Scripture claims for itself.
The Bible on the Church Gathering
If you think the regulative principle is overly prescriptive, think of it like jazz: a little bit of structure makes room for a whole lot of improv.
Worship in different cultures should consist of the same elements but look very different. Why? Because the gospel doesn’t foster oppressive uniformity but glorious, diverse sameness.
We need to keep in mind that we are not free to do whatever we want, whatever works, or whatever good people ask us to do.
Should churches only sing Psalms? No, says Robert Letham—but better all Psalms than no Psalms!
I found Dickerson’s information convincing overall: evangelical ministries are losing money, people, and the favor of the American public.
“What Would Jesus Do?” is a slogan young Reformed types love to hate. But what if it’s a question more of us should be asking?
The Trellis and the Vine is indeed an indispensible read on the nature of church ministry.
I was helped and encouraged by this book and would happily recommend it. That said, reading it raised a few questions that gave me pause.
This book is a wonderful idea, packaged in an excellent, user-friendly format.
If you’re looking for a book that explains how cultural differences might play out in the context of the local church, this could be a very helpful resource.
Book Review: Encouragement for Today’s Pastors: Help from the Puritans, by Joel Beeke and Terry SlachterReview by Patrick Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Is Scripture Enough? | 06.25.2013
A troubled or discouraged pastor can certainly be enlivened by attending to these “sweet droppers.”
Klink and Lockett’s survey of biblical-theological methods is a timely resource.
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