We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.
We should consider implementing personal testimonies—the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.
For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.
Mailbag #88: Must Elders Agree on Tongues & Prophecy? . . . How Can We Wisely Hire a Pastor from Outside the Church?By D. Russell, J. Rinne | 08.09.2019
— How much agreement must elders have on the issue of tongues and prophecy? — In a congregational church, how should we hire a new pastor from the outside? How can we give enough time for the church to properly vet the candidate?
I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. Until . . .
Mailbag #83: Protecting the Sunday Gathering by Limiting Reasons to Be Out of Room . . . Caring for Over-Worked Children’s Ministry WorkersBy D. Russell, J. Leeman | 05.13.2019
— To what extent should the church protect the Sunday morning gathering by limiting reasons for members to be “at church” but out of the room? — What do you do to care for the spiritual health of your children’s ministry leaders?
If someone walks into your church next Sunday, and they’re miserable from life’s trials and tribulations, what songs will you ask them to sing?
Corporate lament is a unique voice that empathizes, models, and unites a body, especially when tension fills the room.
Week after week, many of us attend a worship served not a worship service.
By excluding the cries of loneliness, dispossession, and desolation from its worship, the church has effectively silenced and excluded the voices of those who are themselves lonely, dispossessed, and desolate, both inside and outside the church.
If I have the right view of spiritual gifts but I don’t have love, then I am nothing.
Mailbag #76: The Role of Matthew 18’s “One or Two Witnesses” . . . Must Christians Go to Church Every Sunday? . . . How to Care for an Unwed & Pregnant MemberBy B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Martin | 03.01.2019
Three pastors answer one question each about church discipline, church attendance, and caring for a church member who is unwed and pregnant.
You’re So Depraved, You Probably Think This Church Is About You: How Total Depravity Upends AttractionalismBy Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
Unbelievers’ most essential problem is not that they’re ignorant, apathetic, or rudderless, but that they’ve personally, willfully, and happily rebelled against the God who made them.
It’s vital for those of us who hold to a reformed or “Calvinistic” doctrine of salvation to consider if our corporate worship reflects our professed soteriology.
Hey pastor, here’s some language I use to help my people understand how the gospel relates to our life together as a single congregation with a single gathering (no multiple services or sites).