One of my favorite churchmen today is a theologian and pastor who speaks in terms of two distinct categories regarding the church’s identity and function. A simple description is: the Church Gathered is who we are and what we do each Sunday morning, and the Church Scattered is who we are and what we do … More The Church ‘Gathered & Scattered’
As a pastor, I regularly receive letters, magazines, and emails about church. Various groups and individuals promote their segment of the action or their philosophy of ministry, which (of course) has led to great success. Success is nearly always measured by crowd size and/or dollar amount, and the uniqueness of the ministry is credited as … More Get People to Church?
Do you think of your church as the building you go into each Sunday morning? When the Bible speaks of a church, it most often refers to the community of Christ-followers who gather in His name. In the New Testament, there are nearly sixty unique commands to Christians about how they should behave in a local … More “Church” as One Another
Christians are notorious for having a vocabulary that sometimes confuses the non-Christian world. Christians may talk about the time they “walked an aisle” or how they “feel led” to do this thing or that thing. As curious or confusing as phrases like these might be to someone who doesn’t know the lingo, there is a … More What does “Life on Mission” mean?
The Church – the universal body of Christ – is a unique institution made up of people rather than materials or mechanisms. Established and sustained by God Himself, the Church acts most like she should when she fulfills the role for which she has been created. The oft-quoted passage at the end of Matthew’s gospel … More Coalescing Churches and Missionaries