“Why would we go to a movie when we could do something spiritual like pray, read our Bibles, evangelize, or serve the body?” Most of us have heard or used this logic before. I’ve heard (and used) other subjects instead of movies: television, video games, board games, sports, beverage choices, or any hobby. I certainly can remember using this line of reasoning too.
The line of reasoning, on the surface, appears holy and god-exalting. I mean, when we really weigh reading Scripture and watching a movie, who would say a movie is godlier than Scripture? The problem often presents itself when this reasoning is used to denounce and judge a person for watching television, movies, or any other “fun” activity. … Continue reading
Humans are weird. And most of us realize the added mix of total depravity explains some of our weirdness. Sin even affects believers and causes us to partake in irrational behaviors. One peculiar action we do is our inaction because someone else does it wrong. I’ve engaged many people who balk at the encouragement to love others because worldly people, some associated with that other political party, encourage the world to love others. The world has its own definition of love including characteristics like: lust, self-love, condone everyone else’s desires, don’t tell someone she is wrong, and of course tolerance (which ironically went away after the last presidential election).… Continue reading
9 Marks of a Healthy Church is a great book focusing on the essentials of church and ministry. Dever’s work is a blessing to every local church because he distinguishes essentials in a church. Each mark is required for a church to exalt God. There is however, one essential “mark” deserving its own chapter. Due to blogging and creative license, the missing chapter can now be composed (without Dever’s permission). (In fact, his book needs no addition to be great, but we the church do need to understand this subject). What is the missing chapter? The Worship Service.
This chapter seeks to answer the question, “What does biblical corporate worship require?” There are many forms of corporate worship and God’s Word is silent on many “common” elements in our corporate worship.… Continue reading
9 Marks of a Healthy Church is a great book. If you have never read it, I encourage you to read it. Dever’s work is a blessing to every local church. Dever’s nine marks provide the backbone to any biblically responsible church. This book prepares any church to honor Christ. As it stands now, 9 Marks is an excellent book.
So, let us pretend we can make a great book greater by adding one important chapter to the 9 Marks book. What is the missing chapter? The Worship Service.
I started going to church during the shift from traditional to contemporary music.… Continue reading
Eschatology, the study of end times, may be one of the most misunderstood and debated issues in theology. I have heard some people say: “It really doesn’t matter.” “It’s too complicated, why study?” And “Too many people fight over it, I don’t want to fight.” One famous pastor even said it’s sin and divides the church to have eschatology in your doctrinal statement.
Those objections may have a glimmer of truth to them. People can have differing views of eschatology (on some level) and still have the gospel right. People disagree over whether or not Israel will be restored and a seven year tribulation, but both groups still place their faith in Jesus Christ, have been atoned for, and will stand next to each other in heaven.… Continue reading