I do believe it’s tenable for a denominational tradition to be doctrinally faithful. For Paul clearly said in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.” Thus, the traditions of the Judeo-Christian worldview do play… Read More Denominational Preference Should Never Supersede Doctrinal Faithfulness
Today, church discipline is perceived as an unkind action. People don’t like the idea of confronting another person because of its supposed negativity. Consequently, few churches are practicing church discipline today. In this essay, I will argue church discipline is a biblical command, and when done properly, strengthens the health of the church. Jesus told us… Read More What does God say about Church Discipline?
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble (1 Peter 3:8).” When I was in college, I swam for the University of Indianapolis. Our opponents pejoratively called us the “international team” and accused us of recruiting illegal immigrants. I think they were jealous because our team, full of diversity,… Read More Having a Unity of Mind for Spiritual Growth
We are living in exciting times for the growth of the Church. There is no doubt about that. Large churches are growing all around the United States, adding 1,000s to worship Jesus on Sunday morning. In 2008, an American evangelical denomination reported that 2.5 million decisions were made for Christ. Yet, with all the excitement… Read More What is the Spiritual State of the American Church?
This topic has widely been debated, from those within the different denominations of Christianity, to atheists, skeptics, feminists, and others who are passionate about the equality of men and women. Before we begin, it’s important to recognize that no one is arguing that women are less intrinsically valuable or inferior to men. It’s my hope… Read More Are women to remain silent in Church?
Francis Chan, former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA and author of the best-selling book Crazy Love, discusses four aspects concerning the mission of the church. 1. The Church is a family that loves one another. 2. The Church is determined to get the message of the good news of Jesus… Read More RETHINKING CHURCH