UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Our world needs unity in diversity. We need an answer to the question , “how can ‘the many’ diverse people be brought into ‘the one’ unified crowd?” It is the problem of the one and the many. The answer can only be found in the God of the Bible and His revealed purposes for our world. The Triune God is the ultimate answer to the question. He, Himself, is the ultimate unity in diversity; three distinct Persons in one united fellowship. We see He is the answer when we look at creation. In His world we find example after example of unity in diversity; in every tree lush with a […]

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion. Some Christians object to this emphasis on church membership by appealing to their good desire to love others. The objection goes something like this: “Every Christian is a member of Christ’s body; His Church. I don’t need to join a particular local church and I don’t want to. Because if I join a local church, I […]

EIGHT FACETS OF FAITHFUL PREACHING

Faithfulness is multifaceted; there is much more to it than simply capturing the dominant thrust of the passage we are expounding, essential as that is. Faithful servants of God’s Word prove themselves to be faithful stewards of it when they: 1. Trust God. Those who speak for God are justified to expect him to speak through them when they are faithful servants and stewards of his Word. The preached Word is powerful for the purposes for which God gave it. Those who speak for God need not, and therefore must not, go beyond what is written. Scripture is sufficient (1 Cor. 4:6; 2 Peter 1:3). 2. Speak as those assigned, equipped, […]

NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING

Promoting helpful Christian reading is important part of the Church’s responsibility to promote the announcement of good news. This post aims to promote a well-written resource for those seeking to better understand the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Nothing in My Hand I Bring became available in 2007 as a publication of Matthias Media. It was written by Ray Galea. A recipient of a thoroughly Catholic upbringing, Galea did not want to simply take His Catholicism for granted. He set out to investigate these differences between Protestant Christians and the Catholic friends, neighbors, and family among whom he was raised. The book is a re-tracing of Galea’s investigation; an investigation which led […]

PULSE

Watching him made me ask, “am I watching me?” I remember a time when I was studying at the library and I saw an older man sitting at another table. He was reading a newspaper. Then he put down the paper and pressed two fingers against his carotid artery. With his other hand he held up his wristwatch long enough to determine his heart rate. He gazed into space with contemplation. He was taking account of his current vitals and thinking about them. After a while, his head dropped and he returned to the daily news. The simple scene at the library reminded me of my need for a healthy […]

STRUGGLING WITH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

I imagine most church members would find it hard to believe their pastors struggle with practicing spiritual disciplines. If any group of people should excel at personal Bible reading and memorization, prayer, worship, evangelism, fasting, and a number of other important Christian exercises, it should be the shepherds. And yet, surprisingly, many pastors do in fact struggle to consistently practice them. In certain seasons of ministry, good and important ministry needs tend to crowd out the everyday disciplines of Bible study and prayer. The struggle is real. This may alarm some of us.  The operative term, though, is “struggle.” Certainly it is alarming to learn that pastors, to whom we […]