Tag Archives: Articles on Church

The Meaning of the Word Church and What It Means for Us Today

The Meaning of the Word Church and What It Means for Us Today

Our word church is comes from the older kirk (Scottish) or kirche (German), which in turn derives from the Greek adjective kuriakos, meaning “belonging to the Lord.” The Greek term directly behind our word church, however, is ekklesia, a combination of the preposition ek (“out of”) and the verb kaleō (“to call”). Ekklesia could refer… Continue Reading

Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 2

Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 2

Last week, I wrote of several ways in which Paul evidenced his love for the very difficult congregation of Corinth. Now, I will add one more item to that list and suggest one very practical application of pastoral love. In Paul’s great excursus on Christian ministry in 2 Corinthians 2-7, he employs several metaphors that… Continue Reading

Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 1

Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 1

With only the possible exception of Galatians, 2 Corinthians is the most personally revealing letter that Paul wrote to a church. While good men differ on the precise timeline of events and correspondence that led to the writing of 2 Corinthians, I understand it to be the fourth letter from Paul to Corinth. And in the… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” This is series… Continue Reading

The Family Integrated Sermon

The Family Integrated Sermon

Scott Brown provides some helpful tips for helping your children engage with the sermon: 1. Familiarize your family with the sermon text 2. Prepare your family to hear the sermon 3. Help your family during the sermon 4. Discuss it with your family after the sermon Read the whole thing: The Family Integrated Sermon | Blog… Continue Reading

Article 15: On Local Churches and the Sovereignty of God

Article 15: On Local Churches and the Sovereignty of God

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series A Conservative Christian Declaration You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series”A Conservative Christian Declaration”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm the primacy of the local church in the conservation and… Continue Reading

The Crisis of Pastoral Authority

The Crisis of Pastoral Authority

Over the past few weeks I have spent a good bit of time writing about congregational authority. I have tried to show how the New Testament grants authority to the congregation for decisions about selecting leaders and servants, seeking and giving counsel to other churches, defining doctrine, and disciplining members. At the same time, I… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 12)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 12)

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 The first three chapters of 1 Corinthians debunks the importance of the modern crutch… Continue Reading

Two messages on the Church’s mission

Two messages on the Church’s mission

There is a lot of talk today about being “missional,” and some of it has caused confusion or even derailed churches from following their actual mission. Here are two recent messages on the subject: A message I preached last month at Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, NC – “The Mission Jesus Has Given Us” A… Continue Reading

Music Camp: A Report

Music Camp: A Report

Since coming as the Associate Pastor of Bethany Bible Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 2010, I have seen first hand a unique ministry created by the vision of the senior pastor here, Greg Stiekes, and his wife Rena. Truly, the word “unique” is not used in vain in describing this week-long ministry to children… Continue Reading

The Christian and Patriotism

The Christian and Patriotism

[This essay was originally published on July 8, 2005.] Patriots come in more than one variety. Some patriots honor their nation more than they honor God. That kind of patriotism is arrogant, idolatrous, and immoral. Other patriots, however, are motivated by a sense of gratitude at the patrimony they have received from their homeland. They… Continue Reading

A Sound Church: Submitted to Scripture

A Sound Church: Submitted to Scripture

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series A Sound Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series”A Sound Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.(The articles in this series were originally written for publication in the local newspaper of the town in which I pastor.) What do you look for in… Continue Reading

Characteristics of the founders of the first church

Characteristics of the founders of the first church

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Characteristics of the Founders of the First Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series”Characteristics of the Founders of the First Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.After their Lord ascended into heaven, the disciples stared into the sky, having just have receiving instruction to remain in Jerusalem until… Continue Reading

Four Commitments of the Infant Church

Four Commitments of the Infant Church

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a fervent defender of the Regulative Principle of Worship. However, today I’d like to set that debate aside and address something that both sides of the issue should be able to agree on. (For non-regular readers, allow me to summarize the principle briefly: the regulative principle states… Continue Reading

Prayer in Gospel Ministry

Prayer in Gospel Ministry

Prayer is a necessary practice of a sound church. The role of secret and corporate prayer in the life of a Christian congregation is sometimes overlooked. Mark Dever, whose insights we value, fails to list to prayer as one of his “marks” of “healthy churches.” (Dever concedes this point and briefly addresses it in his… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 5)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 5)

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 This series is applying the words of Paul in the early chapters of 1 Corinthians to ministry in the 21st century.… Continue Reading

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

When discussing what are or are not acceptable elements for worship, some will raise the issue of dancing. “David danced before the Lord, didn’t he?” Here are just some sketches of thoughts about this issue: 1. Whatever “dancing” is in the Old Testament, it is nowhere found in the New Testament, so a strict observance… Continue Reading