A Short Open Letter to Christians in “Good” Churches

Dear American church: I love you. Love you enough to shoot you straight. Sorry this will hurt. There is plenty you do well. But that's not why I'm writing this letter. "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, deceitful the kisses of an enemy." Things need to change. (Insert Paul Washer, "I don't know why…

9 Ways We Get Church Membership Wrong

Continuing in this series on reviewing local church culture with articles here, here and here. Now we zero in specifically on the topic of local church membership. The renewed focus on local church membership in reformed evangelical circles over the past decade came out of a Godly desire to see people stop being so causal…

Local Church Culture as a Breeding Ground for Megalomaniac Pastors  

How many times have you heard yourself thinking questions like: What’s up with this pastor? Thought he was a nice guy but where did that behavior come from? Man that elder is a head case - where did this arrogance come from?  Why did the pastor just gossip about that person to me? So that…

Are You Persuasive?

Friends: Here’s a little exhortation related to the art of persuasion. John Reasnor has also been writing some good stuff related to deliberated communication recently. It’s important! “(the people) were persuaded that John was a prophet.” (Luke 20:6) “(Gamaliel’s) speech persuaded them.” (Acts 5:40) “Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas.”…

9 Marks of a Healthy Matthew 18 Process When Pastors & Elders are Indicted

My wife and I have just emerged from a very difficult season in dealing with our former pastor and elders in a Matthew 18 process. This process now being concluded, moving forward it is our sincere burden to bring to the forefront a rarely discussed topic, especially in baptist circles - even Godly and otherwise…

Why Christians Need to Start Being Mean

There is an evil monster indwelling you Christian. And it's not the devil or a demon, it's called your flesh. It's ruthless, relentless, cunning, subtle and subversive. It is capable of wreaking destruction in all areas of your life and you are NO match for it. It can create callouses and hardness of heart quicker…