Posts in Church Life

The Christian, Torture, and Intercessory Prayer: The Gist and a Christian Ethics Reading List

By Andy Draycott Dec. 11, 2014 11:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

Readers of this blog may be interested in the short article I have written over at Reformation 21. The gist of my claim is that the person of Jesus Christ shapes our primary ethical response to torture and our attitude to its perpetration by our authorities. Person, that is, over procedure, particularly over fear based consequentialist reasoning that might allow in extremis the ends of security to justify the means of torture. I very minimally offer that the health of our moral imaginations as Christian citizens is attested to in our habits of corporate prayer.

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Spurgeon Comments on Whitefield's Preaching

By Kenneth Berding Dec. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Charles Spurgeon’s words about the way Whitefield preached are worth pondering ...

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Thriving In Ministry: 20-20 Hindsight

By Joe Hellerman Dec. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Students often ask, What does a Christian leader need in order to experience an effective life of ministry in the local church? A key part of the answer has to do with the kinds of people we gather around ourselves. As I look back over some thirty-five years of local church ministry, four kinds of relationships (besides God and my natural family) have proven indispensable to the health and vitality of my own pilgrimage as a pastor ...

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Adjustable Seating

By Mick Boersma Nov. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Stability is a good thing – knowing that your favorite chair won’t collapse when you plop down in it after a hard day – being able to count on the love of someone no matter what. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we need to be willing to adjust with the changes that come with such a commitment. The first disciples were so inclined, and because of it, we have the gospel, are born-again, and look forward to an eternity in the presence of our loving Father.

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The Call of an Under-Shepherd

By Darian Lockett Nov. 19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

At the end of September I had the honor of speaking at the installation of my good friend, Mickey Klink, as head pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Rosco, Illinois. The following is the text of my talk and I thought I would share it in this venue as it might possibly serve as encouragement for others who are about to embark on the journey of pastoral ministry. (I’ve shared this with Mickey’s permission) ...

 

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Women and the Office of Deacon: Part 5

By John McKinley Nov. 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In my earlier posts for this series I argued that the office of Deacon should be reconsidered as broader than physical needs and re-defined as leadership of the ministries of the church. I argued that women should be promoted to the office of Deacon in the church. This final piece addresses two objections related to promoting women to the office of Deacon with some functions of leading and instructing men in the church. Just to be clear, this entire proposal is within a complementarian framework that regards women and men as distinct, as shown by the limitation of the office of Elder to qualified men (not women).

 

 

 

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Reflexiones del Pasado y Presente Sobre la Reforma en Hispano América

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Missions, Historical Theology

Hace unos días tuve el privilegio de participar en el IV Congreso sobre la Reforma Protestante Española que tuvo lugar en la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad Complutense en Madrid, España. Este importante congreso internacional tuvo como tema principal la Reforma en Hispano América. Entre los participantes se encontraban profesores, historiadores y eruditos para dialogar acerca de la influencia del protestantismo en América Latina y su relación con la reforma española. Aunque el número de participantes no eran tan numeroso, el significado de esta reunión y los temas tratados son de suma importancia y son relevantes para nuestros días. Me gustaría compartir en este espacio algunas reflexiones sobre el pasado y el presente basadas principalmente en los temas tratados en este congreso.

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