Category: Church

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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Book Review – Dispatches From the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance In The World’s Difficult Places

One of the most neglected aspects in the field of missions work is the telling of stories of how God is at work in the world. Christians rightly emphasize the Bible’s emphasis of God seeking to save the lost (Luke 19:10). Whenever I read or hear missionaries returning from the field to share about the work the Lord is doing in and through their respective ministries, I’m always greatly encouraged and blessed. These stories are faith strengthening and expand our understanding of Christ’s saving work. Further, they instill in God’s people a greater confidence in the power of God to save and sanctify a people for His own possession. With the goal of telling stories of God’s saving work around the world today, Crossway has published Dispatches From The Front: Stories of Gospel Advance In The World’s Difficult Places by Tim Keese of Frontline Missions International. Telling the story of how the Lord is working in some of the world’s most perilous countries, these stories span the globe from China to Afghanistan and highlight the courageous faith of those doing the work in their respective countries. One of the greatest needs in countries where Christians are heavily persecuted is resources that are Bible-based. Many of the pastors in these countries have little to no Bible training. You never know when you write an article, record a podcast or video blog who will...

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