Category: Church

Blessed Are the Balanced

Even before I went to college I wanted to go to seminary. In my mind I was as good as already there. Unfortunately, not everyone I discussed it with felt the same about seminary in general. I distinctly remember having a discussion in college with a friend about going to seminary. He was not a fan. In fact, his answer for not going left me speechless. It was an answer I would hear many times in college. “Seminary kills your passion for ministry,” they would say. It was a statement I just couldn’t process at the time and never...

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Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

In Matthew 15:11 Jesus stated, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Thus, issues of the heart, also termed out affections, are a true gauge of spiritual maturity. Dealing with the often sinful issues of the heart is a daily task as we battle against the urge to follow the desires of the flesh. Since addressing matters of the heart is such a relevant issue for the Body of Christ, it is necessary for this subject to be the topic of sermons that are focused...

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Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy

Bible college and seminary students face innumerable challenges from emotional, spiritual and financial pressure to often relational issues as a result of going to school. All of these are challenges that I know well. I was a Bible college and seminary student for five years after attending several community colleges and one technical college. I understand well the challenges and blessings that come from being a student. I’ve been there done that and got that badge! A new book, Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy by Paul E. Pettit and R. Todd Mangum, has come out...

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Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership

What are elders and why are they a necessary element of the local body of believers within the framework of a local church? Should elders be given the responsibility of leadership or is that the role of the senior pastor? Why do some denominations utilize elders in their church government while others do not? These are issues that often face churches as they discuss the topic of elders. Phil Newton and Matt Schmucker, in their helpful book in the 9Marks series called Elders in the Life of the Church: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership, examine elder leadership,...

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The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and redeemed Work In Progress

The past few years have seen a resurgence in conversation about the Church, specifically whether Christians should be lone ranger Christians or be members of a local church. This is a conversation I’m actively involved in especially because in my own area, I’ve been told by several Christians at coffee shops that they have no need to attend a local church regularly or if they do that they don’t need to be a member of one. These types of conversations are not new but rather very familiar to me. A new book The Unfinished Church by Rob Bentz has...

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