Mailbag #86: Considering the Danger, Should Muslim-Background Believers Be Baptized . . . My Friends Who Want to Be Pastors Think Polity Is Boring. How Can I Help Them?By A. Menikoff, A. Duty | 07.12.2019
— Should we encourage Muslim-background believers to be baptized, even when it endangers their lives? — My friends want to be pastors. But they have no interest in polity. How can I help them see its importance?
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.
I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. Until . . .
Our world is full of problems. But what can healthy churches do about it?
Belonging before believing is usually a bad idea because it tries to turn the body of Christ into a kind of Frankenstein, attaching dead parts to what’s meant to be fully alive.
Credobaptists and paedobaptists don’t agree on what baptism is, but they both agree that it must precede church membership.
In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan chats with Mark about our new Journal—Church Membership: Following the Lord Together.
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.
Church membership is an office, too. It’s a job that comes with authority and responsibility.
A church should not baptize young people apart from church membership. To do so is unbiblical, unhelpful, and unloving.
If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.
Churches in Africa needs to teach and practice biblical church membership because it helps address the false sense of community, nominal Christianity, and the subtle relativism.
How should we talk about membership on the West Coast? Let me offer three ways that have proven helpful within our body over the past few years.
Pastors in rural areas must take into account certain challenges while leading Christ’s bride to experience the joy of meaningful membership.
I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?