What is the relationship among the government, church, and Covid-19?

There may be no greater earthly grief than when true brothers in Christ are divided over secondary matters (Jn 17:22-23). To me, one of the most heartbreaking stories in the Bible is the separation of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41). Each had to follow his own conscience in a practical matter. It was right for …

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How can your church serve survivors of domestic abuse?

As a pastor, I have not always understood the dynamics of domestic abuse, and I have not always gotten things right when it comes to trying to minister to those who are oppressed by this grievous sin. Though I have seen numerous instances of domestic abuse, I am still learning more and more about the …

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How are we thinking about Sunday during COVID-19?

Here is the letter I sent to our church (with some slight modifications and clarifications). Dear beloved church family, We are in uncharted waters, and your elders are trying to think biblically and serve you and our Lord faithfully. The elders have had many phone conversations about these matters, and we wanted to let you …

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What are the duties of church members?

John Owen (1616 – 1683) wrote a wonderful little booklet titled, Duties of Christian Fellowship: A Manual for Church Members. Our church’s pastoral intern, Andrew Graham, has been teaching it to our youth on Wednesday nights. We’ve also made it available to the whole congregation. The book is among the clearest and most concise works …

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Can a whole church really subscribe to a detailed confession of faith?

There has been a good deal of debate about whether the Second London Baptist Confession of 1677/1689 (2LCF) is a serviceable confession for Baptist churches. Some have argued it's far too detailed for a whole congregation to affirm, and they suggest that a shorter confession like the New Hampshire Confession or the Abstract of Principles …

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Why preach through whole books of the Bible?

Preachers may faithfully preach thematic and topical sermons that explain the Bible. They are certainly free to preach sermons on particular texts of Scripture without preaching through whole books of the Bible. But here are some reasons that preaching through whole books of the Bible is valuable. 1. Preaching through books of the Bible forces …

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What are some essential aspects of pastoral ministry?

Much of what passes for pastoral ministry today is nothing other than the application of philosophies and methods of corporate America in the church. Too many pastors think of themselves as doing their jobs, and they don’t think of themselves as God’s men who are called to a whole-life pastoral ministry among God’s beloved people. …

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