Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us.
When we tacitly assume that we are the primary actors in worship, then we also assume that worship is basically an expressive endeavor. This is why we now constrict "worship" to the song service of our gathering, the time in the service when we can express ourselves. We think of worship primarily in a bottom-up framework, as a way for us to express our praise and show our devotion--as if worship gathers us to perform [more]
Fellowship in 1 John
The Greek word koinōnia is translated four times as “fellowship” in 1 John 1. John wrote the letter of 1 John to his readers to clarify what true Christian belief and living really were, primarily to assure them of the eternal life that they possessed (1 John 5:13). Assuming they held fast to what he wrote and thus possessed this eternal life, the readers would continue, as John said to his readers, to “have fellowship [more]
The MBA 2016
Baptist churches in America organized their first local association (the Philadelphia Association) in 1707. That group soon grew to include congregations all the way from Connecticut to Virginia. As it grew it birthed a number of daughter associations. Subsequently, Baptists have founded yet others. Eventually the local associations within particular states or other large regions formed a second layer of associations. These second-layer associations incorporated both the individual Baptist congregations and the local associations within their geographical territories.  They were known as general associations or conventions. The Minnesota Baptist Convention was organized in August of 1859. The organizing messengers came [more]
An Overview of 1 John
Apart from the introduction (1:1–4) and conclusion (5:13–21), students of 1 John find little agreement as to how to outline his book. Some see a “spiral” outline in which John repeatedly spirals around themes of doctrine and Christian living. Others see John having a general overview of topics, only then to move more specially into an emphasis on Christian living and then doctrine. Either way, however we outline first John, it is clear that he addresses certain themes and comes back to them again and again throughout his letter. Some of themes include Jesus as the divine Son of God, [more]
A Plea for a Three-Year Master of Divinity, Part Two
Jeff Straub Last week, I began a discussion on the trend to combine college and [more]
Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art
Christians claim to be concerned with meaning. They debate over the meaning of texts of [more]
Join us for Knowing, Loving, Ministering: The Substance of Conservative Christianity
Join us for this meeting of conservative Christian friends for fellowship and to discuss how [more]