Category: Church

Gospel Eldership by Bob Thune

Everything rises or falls on good leadership. The fruitfulness and effectiveness of the local church are dependent upon men who exert strong, humble, and God-centered leadership. Weak men spawn weak churches. But men who live according to God’s mandate are a part of churches that thrive and produce spiritual fruit to the glory of God. 1 Timothy 3:1, “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer; he desires a noble task.” So says the apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy. Raising up biblical elders was a challenge in the first-century church. It continues to...

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Who Moved My Pulpit: Leading Change in the Church by Thom Rainer

If you were to ask most Pastors what they dread the most they would most likely say change. Some Pastors have had a horrible experience bringing about change in their churches. Many Christians greatly resist change of any kind. We tend to fight change in our own lives and by extension, we also fight it in the church. We want everything to stay the same, even though we know life moves on. Sometimes staff members move on. People leave the church for a variety of reasons. Change in the local church is not something to fear but to embrace...

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Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

Asking someone to define discipleship into one small sentence is no small task. The gospel-centered, disciple-making movement among Evangelicalism has got a wide lens. We define our churches as churches that “make disciples,” but to the non-believer or the believer who has an unhealthy understanding from previous churches, what do we mean by making disciples? The 9Marks initiative, led by President Mark Dever, is a ministry entirely devoted to building healthy churches, with discipleship as one of the key pillars each healthy church should pursue. Dever has undertaken the task of writing the volume on Discipling in the Building...

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Why Bother with Church? And Other Questions About Why You Need It and Why It Needs You by Sam Allberry

Many Christians today think that the Christian life is to be lived in isolation from the local church. Some Christians also don’t see the need to continue to listen to sermons. We are living in a rapidly biblical illiterate church culture where people may know enough about the Bible to answer some questions but not enough to grow in God’s grace. This is a real problem that pastors and ministry leaders face. Thankfully Sam Allberry has written a very helpful book Why Bother with the Church and Other Questions About Why You Need It and Why It Needs You...

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Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule (Jonathan Leeman)

James K.A. Smith posted a thought on Twitter that captured it perfectly. “I still haven’t decided whether 2016 is the worst year, or the best year, to be writing a book on political theology.” In some sense, you could perceive the political horizon of 2016 as being such a dumpster fire that any books celebrating and championing a political theology will be met with confusion, dismay, even frustration. As I write this review, the top two candidates vying for the Presidency are anything but examples of trustworthy and morally-driven leaders. The political sphere feels more than ever an exhausting,...

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