Baptism as the Sinner’s Prayer

What must I do to be saved? When we seek to answer the question of how a person moves from being a sinner at enmity with God and in desperate need of salvation to being a saint who is a holy and beloved child of God enjoying the fruits of salvation, we know there are […]

IMB Changes Funding Protocols: Is This the Future?

The IMB’s primary sources of funding are the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) and the Cooperative Program (CP), though many churches choose to designate certain other monies for the IMB.  LMCO offerings remain robust year by year, but CP giving has dropped and with that dip, the IMB has faced some difficult reductions in staffing […]

Was the Apostle Paul a Racist?

Paul writing to Titus ~ “One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, 'Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.' (Titus 1:12 ESV)   The prophet that Paul was referring to was Epimenides, who was himself from Crete and was born in Cnossos and lived as a philospher and prophet in the […]

The Undressing of the Church (Paul Thompson)

Paul Thompson blogs at “The Bridge.”  I just finished an essay by Jeff Pollard, entitled Christian Modesty, the Public Undressing of America. For a thorough examination of the history of how public opinion has shifted in America in regards to clothing you should read this. Informative and interesting to see the intention of the fashion and movie […]

Reflections on Malachi 1:1-5

1 A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi. 2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” 4 Edom may […]

My top 12 ideas for church growth . . .as a pastor or consultant

My top 12 ideas for church growth . . .as a pastor or consultant Expository preaching–focus on the product we are producing–believers who KNOW God’s Word inside and out.  See the pastor’s role as quartermaster giving the believers the tools they need for the work of service.  Equipping the saints for the work of ministry […]