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Welcome One Another: Five Ways to Show Hospitality at Church

Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” In the Bible hospitality is no small matter. From Abraham to the Apostles, God called His people to greet one another with love and concern. For instance, in the Old Testament, it was...

Go Back to the Local Church

Go Back to Church Perhaps a Pastor painted a poor picture of Pastors for you. Maybe a church staffer didn’t elevate your ministry the way you thought it deserved. Did a fellow member rebuke you harshly instead of with gentleness and in love? Cultural Christians and...

Five Things Only The Local Church Can Do

There is nothing on earth like the local Christian church. Hundreds of conferences offer life-changing experiences for several days but can’t come close to the life-long impact of a local church. Evangelistic crusades may draw tens of thousands to hear the gospel, but...

Book Review – The Unfinished Church

Have you ever heard someone say, “I love Jesus, but I hate His church?” Let’s be honest, the church has done some hurtful things to the world in the name of Jesus. Perhaps you’ve been hurt, either in word or deed or by someone at church, or you have painful memories...

Book Review – Transformational Discipleship: How People Grow

Discipleship is a topic that is much talked about but very rarely understood in the evangelical world today. In the early 1990’s and 2000’s it was popular to talk about discipleship as a conversation divorced from doctrine and theology. When discipleship is taken down...

Church Series: Legalism, Gospel and the Church

Church Series: Legalism, Gospel and the Church

One of the biggest changes in my Christian life happened when I realized in my late teenage years that the Christian life had little to do with the rules and more with the grace of God. Now don’t get me wrong, Christians are expected to behave a certain way but only...

Church Series: When to leave your local church but not the Church

Church Series: When to leave your local church but not the Church

In this series on the Church, we’ve been writing about a great deal of topics that hopefully are relevant and helpful to you as you think through the importance of the local Church for your Christian life and ministry. As I’ve thought about the Church, one topic that...

Church Series: Loving Christ and the local Church

Church Series: Loving Christ and the local Church

One of the greatest areas of concern to me when it comes to the idea of the Church is the lone ranger mentality many have succumbed to in our day and age. In seminary I used to sit with a large pile of books at coffee shops to work on homework and research papers....

Church Series: The Discipline of Going to Church

Going to church can become routine. I know it, because I grew up going to church three times a week (at least). It was not a choice my parents gave me. It was something we did, part of our regular routine. As a 2nd Generation Christian, I know full well the dangers of...

Church Series: Why You Need Your Local Church Every Week

Church Series: Why You Need Your Local Church Every Week

We live in an age when, increasingly, people are asking the question, “Do we need to gather on Sunday mornings for worship anymore?” It’s a valid question. After all, isn’t there a plethora of good sermon content online? Aren’t there churches that actually offer...

Church Series: Four Steps to Ensure You’ll Have No Local Church

Church Series: Four Steps to Ensure You’ll Have No Local Church

Before I begin, there is an operative assumption in this post. It is that a fitting local church home should offer three non-negotiable elements (sine qua nons). Here are those three sine qua nons: a local church home should offer consistently faithful expository...

Church Series: Church Discipline and the Mercy of the Good Shepherd

Church Series: Church Discipline and the Mercy of the Good Shepherd

The Church is the only God-ordained institution that will last for eternity. In a sense, that brings a great amount of legitimacy and authority to the church, that no other institution has. Ironically, I think there is more legitimacy and authority than most pastors...

Church Series: The Church: Gospel, Worship, & Mission

Church Series: The Church: Gospel, Worship, & Mission

In the time of the Reformation, the church local was at the center of every day life. The church and state were in bed together and so, in one sense, some questions about the church couldn’t be asked, but, in another very real sense, they didn’t need to be asked. Part...

Church Series: Hobbling, Encouragement and the local Church

Church Series: Hobbling, Encouragement and the local Church

I had just slipped and fallen down the stairs for the umpteenth time. What was different about this time was I sprained my ankle. I hobbled to the refrigerator to get some ice in a lot of pain. As it turns out, my dad, a trained physical therapist, said I had a second...

Book Review – The Trellis and The Vine

The authors compare the twin towers of church life—institution and disciple-making—with a trellis and a vine. The trellis is the institution; the management, infrastructure and governance of the church. The vine represents disciple-making; how the gospel takes root...

Church Series: Why Your Spiritual Growth Matters to the Community

On May 12, 2013, I preached a Mother’s Day message from 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9. Paul compares discipleship to the actual practice of a mother nursing her child. In this, the mother is a source of life for her child. So it is that we as [Tweet "Christians, must be...

Church Series: Growing Together Towards Love and Good Deeds

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 In Hebrews 10:19-25, the author makes a...

Church Series: The Importance of Church Membership

Church Series: The Importance of Church Membership

“Why become a member of church, I attend the service isn’t that enough?” This is an actual question that I have heard. I want to explain how, as a Pastor, I respond to such a claim. Let me break this down into four apparent areas of confusion. I should also mention...

Book Review – Problems Of Christian Leadership

One of the central issues of our day is leadership. The decline of morality outside the church and the many scandals inside the Church among Christian leaders have caused many to question the importance and validity of the church. The real issue and one that is rarely...

Church Series: Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War

Church Series: Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War

Okay, so maybe that title is a bit melodramatic. But I wanted to get your attention, because I think faithful, weekly attendance at your local gospel-preaching Church is important. It’s important for all the reasons we know, right? To hear the Word preached. To...

Church Series: The Best Way to Help your Church

Church Series: The Best Way to Help your Church

If you’re a Christian, whether you realize it or not, you are called, by God, to be on mission in the world. This is the essence of the Gospel call, that you were not simply saved from death but also saved for a purpose (Eph. 2:10). That purpose is to make disciples...

Church Series: 5 Reasons We Should Gather in Local Churches

Church Series: 5 Reasons We Should Gather in Local Churches

The belief that professing Christians should gather together as members of a local Church is waning in many sectors of Christianity today. Some feel that faith should not be “institutionalized” and should be a private matter between individuals, not something to be...

Church Series: 5 Ways You Can Help Your Church

Church Series: 5 Ways You Can Help Your Church

Editors note: This is a brand new series on the Church designed to help people think through what the local Church is, and why it is important. The first post in this series is by Dan Darling on 5 Ways You Can Help Your Church. ***************** So, yes, your Church...

Book Review – Preaching: A Biblical Theology

Recent years have seen an explosion of good books on preaching come out. With the resurgence of conversation about the Gospel and biblical theology publishers have taken notice and provided the people of God with many resources across the board to help them understand...

Book Review – How to Evaluate Sermons

I remember in seminary when I had to take a preaching class. I stood before two Pastors, family and friends who “listened” to me preach. Afterwards, I was told I did well and made much of Jesus. I was also told areas of improvement based on the opinion of those who...

Book Review – Preaching The New Testament

Preaching has always had a long and storied history in Christian Church.  From the Apostles to the present day, preachers have declared the good news that Jesus saves, sanctifies and is going to glorify a people for His own possession and praise. A new book, Preaching...