Can I take a minute or two to defend ritual and tradition? It's true that this might seem a bit odd for me. I have spent my life in an Evangelical stream that is anything but high church. In my world I have heard, more often than not, Matthew 6:7 used as a prooftext for…Read more In praise of ritual & tradition
This was originally posted at Gospel Centered Discipleship. Gnosticism was at the heart of much of the New Testament writers’ objections. At its root, Gnosticism argued that the material world was bad, and the spiritual world, or realm, was good. The majority of Gnostics, then, practiced a mix of asceticism and even philanthropy as they…Read more When Gnostics go to church
Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
In my experience as a pastor, one of the single most difficult responsibilities I faced was the selection of staff members. Knowing what to look for, where to go for candidates, and how to focus in on the right candidate when you are faced with a stack of resumes has always been daunting for me.…Read more The difficulty of selecting staff
Sign Up Here! Does one’s belief on the extent of the atonement affect their understanding of mission and the offer of the gospel? Can two Christians disagree on soteriology and partner in ministry? Does the order of salvation affect how one does evangelism? When it comes to the theological particulars of salvation, what is the…Read more SBC Panel Discussion on “Salvation and the Mission of God”