Good books help us follow Jesus.
Over time, C. S. Lewis came to see the dangers in both individualism and collectivism in Christian worship. More importantly, he came to see how the church is the antidote to both.
Famously known as “the man of granite with the heart of a child,” JC Ryle stands out as a towering example of Christian fortitude and pastoral excellence.
Through the liturgies of the Reformation, evangelical doctrine was as much caught in public worship as it was taught in published writings.
We should tell the stories of successful Christian social advocates. But we should also tell the “unsuccessful” stories too, and explain how so many “unsuccessful” heroes pleased God through their faithfulness.
Nowadays, local denominational associations are passé. But it wasn’t always that way.
When pastoring the suffering and depressed, Spurgeon seemed most often to have focused people on Christ crucified as the Man of Sorrows.
Of all the Reformers, Luther knew the ways in which Christianity struck deep emotional chords in the heart of the believer. But this meant he paid more attention, not less, to the words and the appropriateness of the music.
The goal is for every church to be faithful—in doctrinal purity, in guarding the membership, in active gospel ministry. In this, Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle remain a model for pastors and churches today.
How do we know what makes a healthy church? Thankfully, we’re not the first generation of Christians to wrestle with this question.
Is “mere Christianity”—the conviction that we should focus on only what’s essential to being a Christian—really the path toward true Christian unity? Does it guard the gospel over time?
Pastors in particular will benefit from Edwards, as they gain a clearer view of God, settle into a particular and important historical milieu, and consider his wisdom on a vast number of subjects.
Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?
Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.
If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.