While at Shepherd’s Conference this past week, Art Azurdia spoke on Matthew 28:18-20 (“The Great Commission” passage) concerning evangelism. Of all the sessions I went to, this one caught my attention most. Not really sure why, but since that sermon I have pondered: “what is the motivation for evangelism?” Well, after much thought and Bible reading, I think I have narrowed down the motivation God has given. In this case, I have found 5-motivations. So, I want to give you these. It will be in a raw form and more can be said bout each. For now, I desire for the Bible speak on its own.… Continue reading
God has used all kinds of literature in the Bible to convey His truth. Poetry, narrative, exhortation, etc. One of those is Satire. Satire can be defined as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. This genre is used quite a bit in God’s Word. Elijah the prophet used it (1 Kings 18:27). Isaiah used it (Isa 40:19-20). Paul used it (1 Cor 4:8-13). Jesus used it (Matt 7:5). And God used it (Jer 46:11). In fact, it is possible that Jonah is a whole 4-chapter book that is satirical, though still historical.… Continue reading
I live in the Southern part of America—also known as “The Bible Belt.” I would actually like to rename this belt by calling it “The Church Belt,” because there are a ton of churches (where I live, there are 100+ churches in a 50-mile radius). The problem with this title is that not all these churches are faithful to Christ. So, I personally call this belt the “Lots of Buildings With The Name ‘Church’ On Them, In Which You Don’t Have To Be Committed, But You Must Go Occasionally To Fit In With The Culture.”
Pretty sure that will not stick.… Continue reading
I have now been a full-time, vocational youth pastor for almost 3 years (party hats! Whoop whoop!) Every year I grow more and more in love with teenagers and in the conviction of the importance of specific ministry toward them. To pass on seeing the importance of youth ministry in the local church is to pass on faithfully shepherding a needy section of the church. It is enjoyable and fun, but youth ministry is also challenging and demanding. It is in every since, work! Why? Simply, youth are people (against popular opinion 🙂 ) who have emotions, make decisions, must live with the consequences of those decisions, and who also have a spiritual life that God is interested in.… Continue reading
Note: This installment of our mini-series on Church Discipline in Church History will be a bit longer than normal in order to address the next time period which influences our current understanding of this practice. For review you may find the first two installments here and here.
Although there are some twelve centuries of history between the third century fathers, Tertullian and Cyprian and the Reformers, I will focus on the latter group. These men heavily influence our modern practice of church discipline. Therefore, it would seem wise to address at least two of the most well-known individual Reformers as well as one group within them.… Continue reading