We need more than a call to just go back to church; we need to give ourselves to understanding what the church is, and then commit to building such a body.
For its focus on membership and involvement, Lawless’s book is a significant help in directing a church toward a more biblical polity.
This book stumbles as it pits “community,” and particularly the observance of the Lord’s Supper, against sound doctrine.
Chadwick’s book is a marvelous challenge to the widespread problem of Christian mobility.
White and Yeats offer an alternative and excellent course for our generation. Yet I wonder if we still have the ability to recognize healthy food from junk food.
If you’re not careful, Lauterbach’s book just might cause a paradigm shift in how you think about grace and the gospel, as well as how you think about the church.
Discipline with Care is a good book on church discipline that will strengthen churches by promoting their holy witness.
Emergents, I plead with you, please read those aspects of the book carefully and with open hearts.
Book Review: The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church, by Tony Dale and George BarnaReview by Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: A New Evangelical Liberalism | 03.01.2010
Though The Rabbit and the Elephant is about the church, there is little explanation of what the church is beyond a series of interconnected relationships.
Our churches can give the gospel a black eye, or they can be used by the Holy Spirit with magnetic effect to draw people to Jesus.
It’s worth reminding ourselves as pastors what we stand to lose if we neglect biblical church discipline.
A reluctance to practice church discipline may suggest that we believe ourselves to be wiser and more loving than God.
There is no simple correlation between a church’s disobedience on the one hand and spiritual blight and abandonment by Christ on the other.
What are some lessons on church discipline you’ve learned the hard way?