Category Archives: Church Issues

Running from a Bad Church Situation May Hinder Your Spiritual Growth

What if the choice to leave a difficult church situation will actually short-circuit your formation as a Christian? Does God use uncomfortable church situations as part of His process of sanctifying us?

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The Battle Over How to Interpret Pew’s “Religious Landscape” Survey

Divergent perspectives on the Pew survey are connected to larger narratives that frame how conservative and liberal Christians in the United States see themselves.

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3 Takeaways From My Recent Trip to Biola

Renewed and refreshed, and ever hopeful for the bright future of evangelicalism.

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When You Want to Be a Christian But Don’t Believe in God

Is it possible to reclaim your religious affiliation if you no longer believe in the doctrines of the faith?

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Discipleship as Equipping Believers to Read the Signs of the Times

What kind of discipleship is necessary to fortify the faith of believers so that we see through the world’s false and damaging views of history and the future?

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How Jesus’ Ministry Continues Today… Through Us

Working on “Jesus, Continued” has deepened my gratitude for the Spirit’s work in my life. I hope it does the same for you.

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How Disagreement Makes Us Civil

Incivility is when we give up on disagreement and become disagreeable. It is the failure of disagreement, not its natural outworking.

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Here’s Hoping the Supreme Court Will Handle Same-Sex Marriage Like Other Nations Have

Conservatives who want the court to exercise judicial restraint in redefining marriage may find themselves hoping, just this once, that the justices will take a cue from other nations.

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4 Things I Learned at Dinner with Church Leaders from Denmark

Here’s what I learned from evangelicals bearing witness to the gospel in a country that is much further down the road of secularization than the United States.

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The Potential and Peril of Creating Your Own Curriculum

The Sunday School or small group meeting in your church holds both extraordinary potential or peril. Used well, the potential for discipleship is incalculable. Used poorly, the perils can lead to disaster.

I see too many churches using that hour poorly rather than well. The grace of God covers a multitude of our failures (thankfully), but this doesn’t mean we should shrug off our responsibilities in this area. I fear that many pastors are (1) unaware of what is going on in a church’s small group ministry and (2) unwilling to offer solid, biblical resources to the leaders of these groups.

This shouldn’t be the case. In North America, we have more good Bible study resources available than ever before, and we have more reason than ever to consider carefully the kind of teaching that takes place in groups. Most pastors would see the surrender of their preaching time to just anyone with a message as an abdication of responsibility. Why, then, would we direct our people to small groups where the leader may or may not open the Bible, may or may not have a solid doctrinal foundation, or may not even be qualified or fully equipped to teach?

When Paul laid down the responsibilities of an overseer, he included this qualification: “holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9). Often, pastors are more concerned about encouraging believers with sound teaching …

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