How we approach church matters, and by church, I mean local church ministry. The church is the pillar of truth (1 Timothy 3:15) and the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) and it is not to be taken lightly. Or to put it another way it must not be approached in a willy-nilly manner; we need to think through how we do things and why we do them that way. In other words, we need to have a philosophy of ministry. A good philosophy of ministry is really a philosophy of ministries, plural. It is simply not enough to say we do everything for the glory of God (although certainly that should be our driving purpose), we need philosophies that govern our use of the pulpit, how we bring new members into the body, how we use music in worship, how we reach out to our community with the gospel etc.… Continue reading
Christianity is a singing religion. Each week as we gather in corporate worship, a big part of our service is taken up by singing. I do not know of another place people go on a weekly basis and sing songs with other grown ups. It really is unique. Business meetings, college classes, and conference calls don’t typically begin with a song, much less a full music set. Yet, we find it completely normal, even expected, to have a series of songs at the worship service. Music has a powerful impact. In a congregational context, music is especially meaningful as it is a way for us to sing to one another, sing to God, and confess truth (Col.… Continue reading
Dr. Barrick began our series on missions discussing its relationship to Christ’s resurrection. This article seeks to evaluate missions in the Old Testament context between the Lord and Israel. When using missions, we mean to communicate evangelizing the nations about the grace of our Lord. Hudson Taylor, going to a foreign land, learning the language, and preaching the Gospel exemplifies missions. But is this a NT concept?
Like fingers running down a chalkboard is the concept that God did not have a heart for the nations until after Jesus’s resurrection. Yet, I also understand why people think and teach this.… Continue reading
Have you ever felt inadequate to be a useful worker in God’s kingdom? If you have, join the club. Thankfully, God has a long history of using normal and even unexpected people for his purposes. I have been reading a book on missions called, Send Me, I’ll Go! I particularly liked one quote: “You may not be able to imagine yourself as a missionary, but that might just mean you have a sorry imagination.” (loc 1179) I think we could say this about many things. Paul said we have a treasure in clay pots (2 Cor 4:7). The value is in the treasure, not the vessel.… Continue reading
My kids like to play games. They LOVE video games. I would be shocked if anyone was shocked by this revelation. I don’t mind playing video games with them, but I hate how little interaction exists between the family. Television events are okay, but they are low on my preference list. I prefer to interact with people, especially my family. So, in early 2016 I decided to change this up and started looking into board games. Board games provide us an opportunity to sit around the same table, with a common objective, have fun, and interact with each other. In fact, the ones we play, teach our children how to evaluate the situation, make plans, work them out, and think for themselves.… Continue reading