How to Have a Missions-Minded Church, Part 3: More on Finances
Jeff Straub The work of ministry on any significant scale requires resources. This is especially true of the work of missions. Nearly every country that admits missionaries requires them to be fully supported from outside sources so that they do not take jobs from the national population. This almost always means the missionaries will need to raise support before going to the field. Few missionaries can go to the mission field self-supported. For those who [more]
Theological Issues at Stake in Discussions of Culture and Contextualization
Discussion of culture is an essential ingredient in any intelligent philosophy of Christian music. Especially in today’s globalized, multicultural environment, understanding what culture is and how it relates to worship and music is critical. The Standard Evangelical View J. Nathan Corbitt, in his The Sound of the Harvest: Music’s Mission in Church and Culture, ((J. Nathan Corbitt, The Sound of the Harvest: Music's Mission in Church and Culture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998).)) [more]
Cleansing and Conformity
Thou shouldest also know that the more a man sets himself to be receptive of divine influence, the happier he is: who most sets himself so, is the happiest. Now no man can reach this condition of receptivity except by conformity with God, which comes from submission to God. - Meister Eckhardt The soul that agrees with God's judgements will not drift any further. The moment we align our judgements with God's, calling evil what he calls evil, our loves have again been aligned. The result of confession is cleansing and conformity. The cleansing which takes place here is not [more]
Here I Stand
I just finished reading Here I Stand, the biography of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton. I look forward to the day I feel the rugged embrace of Luther as two who are one in Christ, justified by faith alone. As I read one of Luther’s hymns in the final chapter of my book, I was moved to poetry by my fellow German and wrote what lies below. Here I Stand By David Huffstutler In Honor of Christ In Memory of Martin Luther Satan nips my heels this day. He bares his fangs and dares to say, “You have guilt [more]
How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: Financial Support
Jeff Straub Last week, I began to offer some advice to help churches become more [more]
Paul the Cultural Conservative
One of the most difficult passages of Paul's writings to interpret is 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. In [more]
Corporate worship and the formation of a new culture
Navigating the difficult relationship between corporate worship and the culture around is is a challenge, [more]