Blog Posts by Leon Brown

My Final Post At Reformation 21: Another Deterrent to Evangelism

Article by   January 2015
How many baptisms upon profession of faith have you administered or seen? I asked my church, as well as fellow pastors and ruling elders in the PCA, the same question. Overall, the answer was, 'very few.' Now, one of the... continue

4 Additional Things I Have Learned While Church Planting

Article by   January 2015
In our first installment, I highlighted six things I have learned while church planting. Here are four additional items for your consideration. They are in no particular order.1. Music: At Crown and Joy, we classify our musical selections into several... continue

Reasons Why People Leave Churches: A Rebuttal (2)

Article by   January 2015
Depending on the person to whom you speak, there are either 3 or 4 marks of a true church. You have likely heard of at least three marks: the proper preaching of the word, the administration of the sacraments, and... continue

Reasons Why People Leave Churches: A Rebuttal (1)

Article by   January 2015
There are plenty of reasons why people leave churches. Some are legitimate and others are not. In this short series, I want to focus on illegitimate reasons why people leave churches. Here is one:"I don't feel connected."This can mean several... continue

Hebrew 101: Mistakes Pastors Make in the Pulpit (1)

Article by   January 2015
In my experience, 8 out of 10 seminary students and graduates prefer Koine Greek to biblical Hebrew. Why? Perhaps reading from right to left is a bit disorienting? Maybe some of the Hebrew letters resemble each other too closely? Perchance... continue

An Essential Ingredient of a Lasting Ministry

Article by   December 2014
With another year upon us, there may be a desire to make certain resolutions, or habits, to live by in the new year. Some will establish a new gym routine, others will employ a Bible reading plan, not a few... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 5)

Article by   December 2014
In parts 1-4, I briefly highlighted some of my thoughts regarding liturgy, music, and the inclusion of more minorities (or more specifically, African-Americans) in our churches. I am going to take a slight detour in this fifth segment, a detour... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 4)

Article by   December 2014
Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church, in Richmond, VA, celebrated its ninth Sunday on December 21, 2014. Time seems to be moving quite quickly. Before you know it, if the Lord wills, we will have finished our series through the book... continue

6 Things I Have Learned While Church Planting

Article by   December 2014
Needless to say, I have learned far more than six things. I hope to elaborate on those later (e.g., issues concerning commitment, expectations, etc.). In the meantime, here are six observations.1. Do not compare yourself to other churches. It is... continue

The Walker Awards

Article by   December 2014
I do not normally get involved in the banter of those who write for Reformation 21, but I believe this response is most urgent in light of the previous two posts. Both Mr. Paul Levy and Mr. Jeremy Walker questioned... continue
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