I wanted to write a quick note today to let you all know that I am taking a short break from writing blogs. You may or may not know that I am working on my Doctorate degree, and I have finally received permission to move forward with my research. As that will take up a major portion of my time, I will not be posting as frequently as I normally do.
Thank you for your prayers and understanding during this exciting time of my life!
When someone asks, “How was the Bible written?” they are asking a question about, what theologians call, the inspiration of Scripture.
Systematic theologian Millard Erickson outlines five theories of inspiration: Continue reading “How Was the Bible Written?”
It has long been said that 20% of the people do 80% of the work in a church.  While I would like to believe that this is wrong, it continuously plays out this way in most churches. This raises the question, “Do I really have to serve in my church?” The short answer is Continue reading “The Church Part 10: Do I Have to Serve?”
I realize that this is a loaded question. When most people think about a healthy church they think about the church they grew up in, or a church like the church they went to in their early adulthood. While we do like to reminisce about the past, that church may or may not have been healthy. So how can you know if your church is healthy? What should you be looking for? Continue reading “The Church Part 9: Qualities of a Heathy Church”
It is likely that if you have been in the church you have been hurt by someone in the church. This is truly unfortunate. However, we must realize that the church is full of sinful people who are trying their best to follow Jesus (we hope!). In this kind of environment, there is a likelihood that Continue reading “The Church Part 8: I’ve Been Hurt, Now What?”
In a previous post, I wrote about how the church is structured organizationally. In this post, I want to deal with church politics as found in power struggles and personal agendas.
When you think about church politics you might get the mental picture of people having a quiet conversation in the corner while looking over their shoulder. Others might think about a closed door, invitation only, committee meeting. Some may even picture a group of people gathering at someone’s home to talk about “the problem” at church. Continue reading “The Church Part 7b: Church Politics”
Hearing the phrase “church politics” causes most to cringe. No doubt, you can think of a time when there was tension in the church because of politics. I want to come at this blog from two directions (and in two different posts): how a church is organized–also known as church polity and church politics (found in power struggles and personal agendas). Continue reading “The Church Part 7a: Church Politics”
Why is preaching important? Some would argue that it is not–that it is something to be endured. Preaching is very important! And here is why: Continue reading “The Church Part 6: Is Preaching Important?”
There are as many expressions of baptism and communion (a.k.a. The Lord’s Supper) as there are churches. The question that we must ask is, “What does the Bible say about these ordinances?” I will go ahead and tip my hand–I am a Southern Baptist. Thus, my explanation and Scriptural support will point to Baptist beliefs. However, the Bible is the ultimate authority Continue reading “The Church Part 5: Baptism and Communion”