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Is It Time to Re-think Congregational Polity?

Church polity is kind of like the transmission in your car: you only really think about it when it doesn’t work. If you can’t defrock an atheist pastor, if you can’t share information about sexual predators, if you can’t reign in an out of control elder or disfellowship a church that has rejected the Bible’s teaching on human sexuality, then all of the sudden you are very interested in having a conversation about church polity. As a convictional Baptist, I am particularly interested in having a…

He Knows Not How

This passage explains why I have always been skeptical of church growth authors and experts: The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; HE KNOWS NOT HOW. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mark 4:26–29 ESV, emphasis mine) HE KNOWS NOT HOW. Very often the…

5 Reasons to Read the Book of Job

The Book of Job is arguably the most demanding and rewarding book in the Old Testament. It is demanding because Job’s friends make a poor case well while Job makes a good case poorly; meaning that no one has the full picture and no one is telling the whole truth until God shows up at the end. The Book of Job forces you to think and to read with discernment, but for those willing to put in the effort there is a lifetime of wisdom and blessing to be discovered. If you were to ask me to summarize…

Will the Jewish People Eventually Turn to Christ?

The rejection of Jesus Christ by the majority of Jewish people in the first century AD was a major apologetic issue in the early church. Why is it that the people best positioned to recognize their Messiah, largely failed to do so? The Apostle Paul anticipated that question in Romans chapter 11. The argument he made there seems to run as follows: Has God rejected ethnic Israel forever? Keep reading...