Posts tagged church
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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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 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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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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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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My Concerns with the Statement on Social Justice

Yesterday, a group led by the the well-respected pastor, John MacArthur, released a document similar to such evangelical statements like last year’s Nashville Statement. This document, called the Statement on Social Justice, followed a continuing blog series by MacArthur describing his views on social justice. Several notable pastors and theologians were initial signers, such as Voddie Baucham and James White. Some of the signers are friends, all of the signers are brothers in Christ...

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Can a Woman Teach Sunday School?

Complementarianism is the belief that men and women have distinct roles within the home and the local church that are complimentary to one another. So men have the distinct role of being the leader first in the home and then if qualified in the local church, while women have the role of being submissive and helpful to the man in the home and the local church. The line of complementarianism in the home is an easy one to put on paper at least, but the local church is a different story…

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Stop Making Excuses for Studying Hard Theology

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Gospel is that it is easy to understand. It is so simple that small children can understand the Gospel and their need for this good news to be applied to them. Yes, the Gospel is simple, but not all aspects of Christianity are so simple. Some aspects of Christianity are far more difficult to understand…

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What Makes a Great Sermon?

What is the greatest sermon ever preached? I wonder which preacher your mind rushed toward, are you thinking of one of the early church fathers? Perhaps you are thinking of one of the Reformers. Or maybe your mind goes to the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon. All of these answers would be wrong.

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Canadian Churches Helping Canadian Churches

While most people skip past the introductions and benedictions of the Epistles, I’m oddly drawn to them. I’ve always found it interesting to see how an inspired writer would begin to communicate the God-given truth He had been entrusted with to his audience. There are so many truths that get missed in these overlooked verses, after all every word is inspired by God right? One passage that has always stuck with me is Philippians 1…

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Extremist Evangelicalism: Forgetting Gospel Implications

I have been waiting to write this post for a few weeks now. I kept waiting to see if I missed something. Because honestly, I have never been more confused with my brothers in Christ than I am today. Over the last few months, I have seen fellow Christians take common sense and throw it out the third story window and I just don’t get it…

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Can Christians Use Marijuana?

Bob Dylan said it better than anyone in our modern culture, “The times they are a changin’…” This is true across every aspect of our daily lives. Sometimes this change is good and helpful, just look at how far racial equality has come over the last 50-60 years (and there’s a lot further to go). Sometimes this change is extremely unhelpful and even sinful...

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Who Rules the Local Church?

Every church is different. There are different ministries, styles, and of course different people. There also different leadership structures in seemingly every church. Some churches are ruled by the pastors. Some are ruled by the deacon board. And some are ruled by a board of congregants. So which way is best?...

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3 Reasons to Plant Churches

We live in an age of extremes. If you like cake that must mean you vehemently despise pie.  If you enjoy writing with pencil then you must hate pens. If you are an Apple fanboy (as I am) then you must think all Windows machines belong in the garbage. Ok, maybe that last one is true, but I think you get my point...

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