Tag Archives: Articles on Church

The Benedict Option: The Christian Option

The Benedict Option: The Christian Option

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Rod Dreher’s much anticipated book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, is how unremarkable his proposal really is. Yet it is a profoundly necessary correction for an American Christianity that has lost its biblical moorings and become just as secular as the culture around… Continue Reading

The Center of Christian Unity

The Center of Christian Unity

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series That They May Be One: Conservatism, Cooperation, and the Center of Christian Unity You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series”That They May Be One: Conservatism, Cooperation, and the Center of Christian Unity”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The purpose of this series is to ask the question of whether a conservative philosophy of worship… Continue Reading

Should philosophies of culture hinder cooperation?

Should philosophies of culture hinder cooperation?

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series That They May Be One: Conservatism, Cooperation, and the Center of Christian Unity You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series”That They May Be One: Conservatism, Cooperation, and the Center of Christian Unity”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. There are several adjectives that I happily use to describe myself and my beliefs. The first… Continue Reading

New book by David de Bruyn: The Conservative Church

New book by David de Bruyn: The Conservative Church

I am very pleased to announce the publication of a new book by David de Bruyn: The Conservative Church. The following is Kevin Bauder’s foreword to the book: In 1 Corinthians 3, the apostle Paul compares the local church to a building—in fact, a temple. He claims to be the chief architect who has laid the… Continue Reading

Crisis in Conservative Protestantism

Crisis in Conservative Protestantism

Carl Trueman offers what he believes are three potential crises in American conservative evangelicalism: Far too much power is exerted by wealthy and influential parachurch organizations. There is an unbearable, kitschy lightness to much that passes for conservative Protestant life and thought. Conservative Protestantism lacks a strong tradition of social thought which might help it… Continue Reading

The unique significance of corporate worship

The unique significance of corporate worship

As I have explained many times before, Christian worship should be defined in terms of the believer’s relationship to God through Christ, and thus worship understood this way applies to the entirety of a Christian’s life. This may give the impression, however, that there is nothing distinct or sacred about corporate worship. Indeed, this is exactly… Continue Reading

How Churches Became Cruise Ships

How Churches Became Cruise Ships

Interesting perspective: Reframing the church as the destination triggered explosive growth in the size of congregations. Logic dictated that larger churches, like larger cruise ships, could offer consumers more choices to address their needs and desires. As a result, church growth went from a byproduct of the mission to its goal, and the programs and… Continue Reading

“Churches” or “Christians” and Culture?

“Churches” or “Christians” and Culture?

Richard Niebuhr’s classic taxonomy in Christ and Culture attempts to articulate various ways of understanding the appropriate response of Christians toward culture: Christ Against Culture Christ of Culture Christ Above Culture Christ Transforming Culture Christ and Culture in Paradox One of the problems with any discussions of Niebuhr’s taxonomy is an equivocation, however, between Christians and churches. In… Continue Reading

If the Top Men take over, who will ask the hard questions?

If the Top Men take over, who will ask the hard questions?

The same is true in the celebritydrome of the evangelical subculture.   Driscoll is a classic case in point. For example, he has claimed that God gives him explicit images of the sexual sins of other people.  He has embraced prosperity teacher and denier of the Trinity, T. D. Jakes, as a brother. He has written… Continue Reading

Ordinary Means

Ordinary Means

There is nothing particularly exciting or novel about a ministry of preaching, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. It is the same routine each week. We hear the Scriptures proclaimed, we come to the table, we sing, we pray, we enjoy fellowship, and then we go home. There are no halftime shows, no rock concerts, and… Continue Reading

Sound Theology

Sound Theology

This entry is part 4 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 4 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.) So far in this series, I’ve… Continue Reading

A Sound Church: The Regulative Principle

A Sound Church: The Regulative Principle

This entry is part 2 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 2 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.) Last week, I proposed that we… Continue Reading

The Quest for Community by Robert Nisbet

The Quest for Community by Robert Nisbet

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series”Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In this series of book recommendations, we have bounced around across time and across genres. We started with some classic theological works… Continue Reading