Results tagged “Church” from Reformation21

The Lazy Pastor

Article by   November 2019
At the outset of a difficult topic - pastoral laziness - I want to be clear that my purpose is to encourage both pastors and their congregations. Where conflict arises over the minister's work ethic, I believe most of the time there is a path forward to strengthen the bonds of affection that should exist between a pastor and his congregation. continue

The World in the Church 3: Irreligious World, Irreligious Church?

Article by   November 2015
In the West we live in an age when people generally dislike formal religion. There are exceptions of course, but it is a well-established commonplace to observe that many of our contemporaries identify themselves as 'spiritual but not religious'. This emphasis on an interior spirituality detached from external religiosity fits well with the turn inward in Western philosophy. Modern and post-modern man alike have turned away from outward structures and authorities toward the self-sufficient self. At the fountainhead of the Enlightenment, René Descartes made the thinking subject the test of truth. Cogito ergo sum: upon my being a thinking creature rests the entirety of my certainty continue

The World in the Church: A Distracted World, a Distracted Church?

Article by   October 2015
How does the world get inside the church? The prince of this world is not modest in his schemes or unambitious in his aspirations: his attack on the Son of God reveals the insane over-reach of his pride. Sometimes he might use subtle and insidious means, but he is just as capable of attacking the church at the very point where her divinely ordained defence is focused. Thus while the elders of the church are appointed by God for her protection (Acts 20:28-31), Satan is ready to attack them in order to undermine the church. continue

What is Domestic Violence?

Article by   September 2014
The month of October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to raise public awareness about domestic violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to domestic violence. This article is the first in a series that will focus on the topic of domestic violence. For more on this issue, you can read Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence, which is written by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. continue

How Jesus Runs the Church

Article by   March 2012
Guy Prentiss Waters, How Jesus Runs the Church (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2011, 178 pp.) The foreword to this very timely and useful book was written by Dr. T. David Gordon. He relates that, for approximately a decade, he... continue

The Advantage of Virtual Church

Article by   October 2008
All the time the local church is bleeding because people have lost their commitment to the nitty gritty of church life. Some are frustrated that their ministers aren't half as good as the ones they hear online. continue

Results tagged “Church” from Reformation21 Blog

On Pastoral Laziness

Article by   November 2019
At the outset of a difficult topic -- pastoral laziness -- I want to be clear that my purpose is to encourage both pastors and their congregations. Where conflict arises over the minister's work ethic, I believe most of the... continue

Is It Only About Trust?

Article by   October 2019
Recently, my friend Adam Parker wrote a helpful article reminding us that a pastor is not an hourly employee. In his article, Adam describes how the work of pastoral ministry is difficult to quantify and more time in the office... continue

The Pastor as Hourly Employee?

Article by   October 2019
One of my favorite things is getting together with other pastors and asking them how their ministry is going. Most of the time a pastor will say that things are going great, and then he will share some of... continue

Ain't Just Putting On the Ritz

Article by   August 2019
Only a few days after Josh Harris told Instagram that he is no longer a Christian, Marty Sampson similarly announced that he is "genuinely losing [his] faith." To briefly summarize, the former Hillsong United lead singer is apparently the first person... continue

To Nurture a Community

Article by   August 2019
One year I made a resolution to get my hands dirty and grow potted plants on my back porch. It was my first foray into all things botanical. I went to the garden section of my local Home Depot and... continue

The Father and his Flock

Article by   March 2018
Husbands and fathers are called to be pastors in their homes. "What the preacher is in the pulpit," Lewis Bayly declared, "the same the Christian householder is in his house." The idea of fathers as the pastors of their... continue

Decerebrated Frogs, the Straight Line and Cultural Accommodation

Article by   February 2018
In 1869, the German physiologist, Friedrich Goltz, published a series of conclusions from tests he performed on frogs. In his book, Beitrage zur Lehre von den Functionen der Nervencentren des Frosches (Contributions to the Theory of the Functions of the Nerve Centers... continue

The Patriarchy Movement: Five Areas of Grave Concern

Article by   October 2016
The church is an environment of extremes. The trouble with extremes is that they always contain a seed of truth, making them look and sound plausible to the careless bystander. By virtue of this fact, the church is also often... continue

What's in a Name?

Article by   August 2016
Names have always been important. There's a reason why "Judas" never tops the list of most popular baby names in any given year. When my wife and I were trying to pick out names for our children, we always had... continue

John Calvin on the True Church

Article by   May 2016
When is a "church" not a church? How do we recognize the true church of Jesus Christ? And how do we discern the false? Calvin's answer, in the Institutes 4.2.1 - 4.2.12, to what was in his day--and remains--an important question,... continue

Moving Prayer to the Center of Ministry

Article by   May 2016
God's people need to be prayed for. They need to led in prayer. They need to be taught how to pray. We all believe that prayer is important. Nevertheless, working our convictions about prayer into our practice of ministry is... continue

Church Revitalization

Article by   April 2016
Effective Strategy? Biblical Mandate? Both! In 1980 a young Pastor, fresh from seminary, arriving at his first pastorate encountered some startling realities. Thinking he was informed as to the condition of the church, he soon learned just how uninformed he was.... continue

The Biblical Basis for the Spirituality of the Church

Article by   February 2016
Last week I posted a piece suggesting three principles by which the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) may respond to the call to confess racist tendencies in the years leading up to its founding.  One of these principles was to... continue

Buckets and Burning Churches: Luther, the Church, and Catholicity

Article by   January 2016
In his Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation of 1520, Luther takes aim at the Roman Church's "flimsy and worthless" claim to possess the exclusive authority and ability (by virtue of some unique spiritual gift) to interpret... continue

Three Things I Love About an Ordination Service

Article by   December 2015
During a recent evening worship service at our church, the Rev. Scott Cook was ordained to the gospel ministry.  Scott is a recent graduation of RTS (Charlotte) and had previously been an outstanding intern at our church.  I had the... continue

Alliance Pastor-in-Residence Dr. Ronald DiNunzio

Article by   December 2015
For over 60 years, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals has been known for its commitment to the Reformed tradition. One of its seminal works, The Cambridge Declaration is a standard for the faith. As the culture continues to erode... continue

The Church in the World

Article by   October 2015
If we're awake, we will have a keen sense of the powerful undertow of a culture that has discarded almost every reference to, or value of, Jesus Christ. To the world, the church is too often considered an obsolete community... continue

Cyril of Jerusalem, Ron Swanson, and the catholicity of the church

Article by   October 2015
In the Nicene Creed we confess that the church is "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." Of these four marks, the third mark--the catholicity of the church--is probably the most susceptible to misunderstanding among evangelical Protestants.The catholicity of the church, according... continue

"It is not we who can sustain the church..."

Article by   October 2015
I begin every semester in my Church and Sacraments course with the following quotation from Martin Luther, which Karl Barth used "In Place of a Foreword" to introduce Church Dogmatics, volume 1.2. The quotation says so much about the relationship... continue

Do you attend a perfect Church?

Article by   May 2015
You're in a faithful church, but someone complains about this, that, and the other, and so wants to leave. What do you say? #1 I agree this church isn't perfect...#2 This is a perfect church, why would you leave a perfect... continue

Our Church Plant Welcome Video

Article by   October 2014
After 8 months of attempting to plant a church in Richmond, Virginia, by God's grace, we had our first service on October 26, 2014. Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church meets each Sunday at 2pm.Here is our welcome video.... continue

Hong Kong protests a Christian mission? But first, . . .

Article by   October 2014
Offline eighteen days and Trueman vanishes from the site, Turk takes on Jones's and Levy's presbyterianism, and I miss "Deviant Calvinism week." Conspiracy theorists (and perhaps certain biblical theology practitioners) might discern a theme, but enough about what everyone else is... continue

Less Gushing, More Blushing

Article by   September 2014
Biographical description many pastors write for the web site of their church: "Married to the most beautiful woman in the world.""We have the best youth pastor in the country.""He's the smartest guy in every room..."I often joke that the most... continue

Curiosity Killed the Cat: Listening When You Shouldn't

Article by   September 2014
Having been raised on the cartoon television show, Tom and Jerry, I am accustomed to seeing Tom's curiosity lead to his demise. Time after time, he could not seem to learn that Jerry was craftier, perhaps wiser, and determined to... continue

Blindness and the Church: Image, Reality, and Appropriate Behavior

Article by   June 2014
"People see me all the time And they just can't remember how to act. Their minds are filled with big ideas, Images, and distorted facts."                              ... continue

Do You See What I See?: A Glimpse from the Pulpit

Article by   May 2014
Dear Church*,In his book, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, Graeme Goldsworthy remarked, "The act of proclaiming, or preaching, was not the giving of opinions or of reinterpreting old religious traditions in new and creative ways. It was proclaiming... continue

Cross-Cultural Ministry: Awkwardness and Celebration

Article by   May 2014
I have had a change of heart. I wonder if and how it will work.Days ago, Ed Stetzer wrote a piece at Christianity Today, titled, "More Thoughts on Multicultural Church: 3 Things to Consider About Multiculturalism." It is a great... continue

Donald Sterling's Racist Remarks?

Article by   April 2014
Much is being said about Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks. From the landslide of articles written, Facebook and Twitter posts, the verdict seems clear. He made racist comments. While I would love to weigh in on the controversy, I cannot.... continue

A plea to prospective university students

Article by   November 2013
From time to time, in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the new school year, I receive enquiries about churches in particular places. They usually go something like this: "So-and-so has got a place to study this-or-that at... continue

Guessing and gauging the street preacher

Article by   October 2013
A couple of interesting questions have come in following the recent piece on street preaching, and it might be helpful to offer some answers in this same environment.First, no, I did not have any particular individual or group in mind... continue

When Satan comes to church

Article by   May 2012
The famous Welsh preacher, Christmas Evans, once vividly described what he imagined Satan would look like if he came to church:The way in which a man hears the Gospel is an index to the state of his heart and the... continue

Rekindling the flame

Article by   March 2012
It may be that you often hear of people praying for revival or are encouraged to do so yourself. It may also be that you are frustrated by what this usually means. In my experience, people praying for revival are... continue

Of Dogs and Churches

Article by   September 2009
Derek's post really got me thinking . . . about dogs. Just kidding.  He got me thinking about loving the church.  My memories are the same as Derek's but have a different starting point.  They go way back past when I was 17. ... continue

The Woman with the Measuring Line

Article by   July 2008
I was alerted by Scott Clark's blog to a year-old article by Sally Morgenthaler in which she declares the worship-evangelism mega-church experiment, of which she was such a proponent, to be a failure.  After a generation of seeker-sensitive consumer-driven worship,... continue

Random Thoughts on Gender, Based on a Small Sample Size

Article by   June 2008
I had the privilege yesterday, along with the other elders of Second Church, of spending the afternoon and evening (before and after evening worship) hearing professions of faith from applicants for membership in our church.  As is usual for a city church,... continue

Make that a Doppio

Article by   May 2008
Connection Metro Church, Denver, which used its foyer coffee bars to attract visitors to its eight satellite churches in the Denver area, has decided to abandon ministry altogether to focus on coffee.    "People liked the coffee a lot better than... continue
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