As we think about our own local church (her challenges, goals, and resources), I believe it may be quite helpful to put things into perspective. We are a Southern Baptist (SBC) congregation, and we have been since 1919. We are also a rural congregation of about 110-150, depending on the Sunday. These metrics place us … More The Southern Baptist Convention & Local Churches Must Change
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?
One of the most recent books I have read is “Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future.” It was highly informative, candidly thought-provoking, and engagingly eclectic. I am thankful for the book form of these many essays from varying leadership among the Southern Baptist Convention. You’ll read my full commendation at the end … More Southern Baptist Identity | A Book Review
There is a strange and interesting conversation going on among many professing Christians in America today. Some people claim that “Christianity” may be separated from the “Local Church.” Whatever Christianity is, I would like to argue, it is inseparable from the local church. The non-churched Christian is an animal you simply will not find in … More Do Christians need the Local 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
Church History is a fascinating subject. From the rapid growth of the first century to the prevalent darkness in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and the contrasts of liberalism and fundamentalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Church has experienced God’s grace with varying degrees of visibility. Always the object of God’s mercy and … More Who needs Church History? YOU DO!
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
Church growth and church outreach have been topics of interest among church leaders for a long time. These subjects are not new. In fact, the biblical record can give us some incredible insight into these concentrated areas. Far from being a field through which we may walk, seeking to ‘cherry pick’ verses to fit our … More A Theology of Church Growth & Outreach
Contentment is Serenity, Gladness, Satisfaction, Pleasure, Happiness; It is defined as the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind. The essence or heart of all the commands of God is summed up by Jesus in the single greatest command to love God with all your heart, soul and mind (Matt. 22:37). In other words, look to God alone … More Contentment in Christ