Unity & Uniformity in the Local Church

In yesterday’s helpful post Uniformity or Unity, Jason unearthed an important issue for every Christian to consider; exposing what I agree is a common tendency among Christians to equate unity with uniformity.

Truth be told, I have never met a Christian who denied the importance of unity among Christians.  Unity seems to be one of those things that all Christians see as important.  Yet, I agree with Jason that the picture of unity that many Christians are striving for includes all kinds of requirements that Scripture itself does not prioritize, and ultimately amounts to a community of people that look and think almost entirely alike. … Continue reading

Uniformity or Unity

Sometimes I wonder what kind of unity uniformity people are looking for in Christendom? Our Lord desires us to be unified (Ephesians 4:1-16). Has His desire been twisted in our approach and mindset so that we really define unity as uniformity? Let’s be honest, there are different circles in this world of Christians with different preferences, approaches, and theological convictions. There is the Charismatic, Baptist, Bible, Presbyterian, and Lutheran circle, to just name a tiny iota. Worship music and liturgy preferences define another group of circles. Now with these differences and the call to unity, how do we navigate these waters?… Continue reading

Bearing Grief through Truth and Worship

We all—hundreds of us—asked God for something good: a baby’s life. Something that would give us an opportunity to magnify his mercy and exalt Jesus together as a church family. Instead, he let baby Tahlia die just a few hours after she was born. Instead of a telling miracle story, we are grieving with our friends who have been left with empty arms.

Every grief is different, and it’s usually unfair to compare one loss with another. But most people seem to acknowledge that grief over a lost baby is in a special category.

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Reprise: A Gospel Conversation

Oh NoThe adult Sunday School Class at the local church I serve has recently taken up the topic of evangelism. In this class we are all seeking to better understand the concept of evangelism and what it is as well as what it is not. During the first part of our study of this topic we are focusing on answering the question “What is the Gospel?” by utilizing the book of the same name authored by Greg Gilbert (reviewed here). As part of this endeavor each week we look to provide biblical answers to questions which arise from our study.Continue reading

Godly Music Genre?

Ahhhh, music and Christians. I remember the 90s and the “worship wars” that happened. Some churches believed (and taught) that God’s music only came from the hymnal and only played on the organ & piano. Guitars, drums, and basically any other instrument is out of the question. Furthermore, any genre outside hymnody was out. All styles of music for the Christian are really just one style: hymns – the older, the better.

Now, as you may know (or not know, so I will expose you to it), these beliefs have not disappeared. In fact, last night I had one of my youth (a 14 year old young man) approach me about this very issue.… Continue reading