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…

Quick Millionaire Post

Was reading this recently. There are 12 million millionaire households in America out of 137 million households. Only 10% because of inheritance. 90% did it on their own. Only 8% Ivy League. Top 3 professions. Engineer, accountant and wait for it.....teacher!!! 1/3 never ONCE made $100,000 in a year. What’s your excuse?   The Floating…

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…

Minimizing Heaven, Absolutizing the Local Church

I love the local church. At the local church in which I regularly fellowship I am recognized as a member of the church universal. I love weekly church services. We sing, we confess, we herald the gospel, we exhort, we pray, we hear the word, we learn about the law and it's application, we rebuke,…

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.”…

Ezekiel is to John as Jeremiah is to Jesus

In the course of personal daily Bible reading (in this case, Ezekiel) I sometimes come across biblical relationships which I think may be edifying to others. Anyone who has studied scripture in any depth knows there are so many incredible instances of cohesion and symmetry regarding its themes and threads.  As I live and breath the…