Posts tagged reformed theology
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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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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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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5 Things Everyone Should Understand About the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the primary message of Jesus throughout the gospels. Gordon Fee a well-respected theologian states rightly, “You cannot know anything about Jesus, if you miss the kingdom of God…” Jesus’ main message is so foundational that we cannot truly understand Him without understanding the message He declared. So what is the Kingdom of God?…

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How to Read like a Theologian

I read a lot of books. Let me be specific, I read a lot of theological books. I don’t read to make myself look smarter than I am or in an attempt to impress anyone else. I read theology for me. I read theology because I need it. I’m a flawed human being who needs to constantly be growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ...

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What's the Difference Between a Bad Teacher and a False Teacher?

Have you ever been listening to a sermon and thought, “Wow, this is bad?” Maybe it’s just the sermon overall, or perhaps it’s a specific statement the preacher makes that sets off your theology alarm and you know he’s wrong. I think we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s tempting to just label the teacher a false teacher and move on...

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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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You Missed The Point of the Great Commission

The Great Commission is perhaps the most important directional passages in the entirety of Scripture. Imagine what’s happening at the time of Jesus giving the Great Commission. Jesus is about to ascend into Heaven and He gives his last words to his disciples (along with Acts 1). Think about your loved ones giving you their last words, would these be important to you?...

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Women in Ministry

The Word of God can sometimes be confusing on certain subjects. Just do a study through the book of Revelation and you’ll see what I mean. Yet, the overwhelming amount of Scripture is clear and understandable on just a simple reading. One of the most clear passages in the Bible is I Timothy 2:9-15...

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