Who is Allowed to Preach Within the Local Church?

As I write this, the SBC national convention just finished and much of it focused on the issue of complementarianism and whether women have a right to preach within the local church. I’m not writing this post to address this topic (You can read my views here and here if you’re interested), but it has got me thinking – who is allowed to preach within the local church?…

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Who is Responsible for the Culture of the Local Church?

Every church is distinct. Different people from different places do things...well, differently. Anyone who has been to more than one church has seen this. Each church has a distinct feel, it’s own culture. Sometimes that culture can be uplifting and encouraging at other times that culture can make one feel alone or even judged. What I have come to learn is that this culture is not something that the members of the church are alone responsible for developing…

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Some Thoughts on the Clarity of Roles Within the Local Church

Church is never easy. How could it be? A local church is a group of people and as with any group of people, everybody is different. These differences whether big or small quickly form into opinions which when gone unchecked can cause conflict. Anyone who has ever decided where to go to lunch with a group of friends can relate. The difference between a local church and a group of friends making a decision is that the local church has infrastructure…

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Book Review: The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra

The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra is book that the Christian world as a whole desperately needs today. Much has been happening in evangelicalism over the last few decades, movements like the Seeker Sensitive Movement and the New Calvinism movement come to mind. Somewhere in the shuffle of all these movements, certain beliefs or even lack of beliefs have latched onto evangelicalism. Inserra writes with conviction and clarity toward these beliefs…

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Book Review: Christ's Call to Reform the Church by John MacArthur

This years marks 50 years of ministry by Pastor John MacArthur at Grace Community Church. He has seen many trends come and go. He has fought theological battles that have fundamentally altered the trajectory of modern evangelicalism. Christ’s Call to Reform the Church flows directly from those years of experience and speaks truth into the modern state of evangelicalism…

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Book Review: Woke Church by Eric Mason

Woke Church is at the forefront of a national debate that continues to rage in the United States and for good reason as many are trying to understand the pressures, injustices, and hardships the African American community has faced through the centuries from a Christian perspective. Eric Mason speaks a lot of truth into the situation…

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So, Dean You Still Blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2008 with a site I called, “Take it or leave it - A Young Baptist’s Point of View.” 10 years later, I’m not quite as young as I was, but I have kept blogging. Sure, it’s been off and on over the last decade, but overall I have kept pretty consistent, especially the last 3 years. That is until the last few months of course…

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What Makes a Good Sermon?

A few months ago I wrote a similar post on this topic. In that article I showed what Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 teaches us about preaching great sermons. In this article, I want to shift a little to focus on what good preaching is not and then we will look at what is good preaching...

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What Should I Wear to Church?

Every Saturday night, right before I go to bed, I ask my wife, “What should I wear tomorrow?” Even though she’s already in bed or close to it, she usually indulges me and give me some much needed fashion advice (apparently purple and blue go together, who knew?)...

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After 501 Years, Is the Reformation Over?

Today is the day. 501 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of Wittenberg. In doing so, God used Luther to spark the flame of the Reformation which had already been kindled by men like Jan Hus and John Wycliffe...

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What To Do While You Wait On God

Life is full of decisions. Some decisions are as simple as figuring out what’s for supper, many are more complex like deciding your career or who to marry. As Christians, we should all be striving to honor God in making these decisions. We should sincerely want the decisions we make to line up with our understanding of what God desires for our lives. Many Christians call this understanding the will of God in our lives...

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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The leaves are falling nearly as fast as the temperatures. The cooler temperatures and beautifully colored leaves remind us that it’s about that time again. Every year Christians are seemingly perplexed and puzzled on whether they should be involved with Halloween or not. Good Christians stand on both sides of the argument, which means that this is not a simple question and there is room for disagreement...

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A Heart For The City

The Book of Jonah is a nearly forgotten book, well apart from the whole fish thing. It’s as though we thought we’d reaped all we could in this book when we colored the coloring page in Sunday School. Yet, this book tell us far more about the heart of God toward the city then any other Old Testament book...

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Book Review: How To Grow by Darryl Dash

 Every christian wants to grow in their relationship with Jesus and their knowledge of the Word. Hundreds of books have been written on the subject of spiritual growth, many of them would be practical step by step plans for how to accomplish that type of growth. So the question must be asked, “Why another book on spiritual growth?”..

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Book Review: Made For His Pleasure by Alistair Begg

Many books that are written today deal with the minutia of of a certain subject. They are detailed dives into one specific topic. In a way Alistair Begg’s new book, Made For His Pleasure: 10 Benchmarks of a Vital Faith, is specific, but its scope is much wider than just one topic.

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Is God’s Wrath a Necessary Component of the Gospel?

I have to admit something right off the bat, I had no idea who Bruxy Cavey was until The Gospel Coalition Canada took it upon themselves to initiate a public conversation regarding his controversial theological viewpoints. I say this to make clear that I hold no bias either positively or negatively about Bruxy. Yet, as I read each of the conversations, I became increasingly concerned with this Anabaptist pastor...

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What is a Deacon?

Every church is different. They can be different in superficial ways such as musical style and dress. They can be different in more important ways like preaching methods and doctrinal statements. These differences can be profound even within the same denomination. One consistent difference between nearly all the churches that I have been involved with is that of governance, more specifically the role of deacons. Many churches fall into the trap of either over emphasizing or ignoring their deacons. So what exactly is a biblical deacon?

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