In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.
Christians need to think more clearly about our innate moral calibration mechanism, and I’m confident this little book will help us do just that.
This book is a mix of both pastoral usefulness and troubling ambiguity.
We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?
It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.
Mark and Jonathan chat about how a pastor’s doctrine of conversion will have massive effects on his philosophy of ministry.
The day you lose your godliness is the day you lose your power in pastoral preaching.
— Does God want some churches to die, regardless of how faithful the leaders are? — How would you counsel a couple where the husband views pornography because the wife has no interest in sexual relations, but is still upset by his actions?
— Do you have any tips on how quickly or slowly pastors should preach through books? — Should Sunday mornings primarily aim for edifying believers or evangelizing non-believers?
— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?
But chasing after what works can become intoxicating Why? Precisely because it works! In fact, it can become so intoxicating that many pastors run right past the safety of God’s Word.
Before churches in northern Pakistan can thrive, they must have a clear understanding of conversion.
Week #10—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Treat People Equally (Justice and Identity Politics)By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2016
This week we will mediate on the government’s job to treat all God-imagers equally as God-imagers.
20 years ago, Rosaria Butterfield was a tenured English professor, an activist, and a lesbian. Now, she’s a pastor’s wife, a mom, and a Christian. What happened?
On October 30, 1991—25 years ago this Sunday—Mark Dever wrote a letter to a church in Massachusetts. They needed a new pastor and wanted to know what they should be looking for. Mark responded with a list of nine must-haves—a list that has since become known as “nine marks of a healthy church.”