Healthy Local Churches Focus on God My last post focused upon the necessity for pastors to preach the full counsel of God’s Word and proclaim the truth for His glory. Today, I want to focus on the beauty of a local church centered upon God by specifically locking in on three biblical qualities which are found in healthy local congregations. First of all, strong churches … [Read more...] about Three Marks of God-Centered Churches
Shepherds Stand While Hirelings Flee One of the great needs of our day is for men to fill the office of the pastorate with faithfulness unto Christ. Admittedly, I am young in pastoral ministry and have much to learn. However, I want to discuss a pitfall many of us can fall into if we are not on guard. We can fall into the painful temptation to preach every doctrine in God’s … [Read more...] about God-Centered Pastors Do Not Shrink Back
Foundational Commitments The book of Genesis is absolutely paramount to having proper foundational theological commitments. Central doctrines of the Christian faith are rooted in this book. Our current ongoing debate in evangelical circles between creation and evolution has more to do with foundational commitments than perhaps anything else. When commenting on the difference … [Read more...] about Biblical Foundations and The Book of Genesis
Developing The Long-Term The world is a crazy, chaotic, frantic, hair-on-fire kind of a place. News cycles change not from day to day but from hour to hour. Politicians make decisions which not only impact your life, but your ability to even make a living. Many theologians and pastors come out with doctrinal positions which are downright mind-boggling. In the midst of all … [Read more...] about What Actions Should Christians Take In Turbulent Times?
A Humanist Chaplain At Harvard Recently, as you may have heard, Harvard’s chaplains installed a new president of the group. I don’t make a practice of writing about ivy league schools and their chaplain selections. Yet, this time is another story because the individual elected is Greg Epstein, who is a humanist atheist.1 An article in The Guardian captured this well when … [Read more...] about Thoughts About An Atheist “Chaplain” and Unity