Category Archives: Ecclesiology 101

Help for those who teach Scripture

We evangelicals unapologetically endorse the Bible as the word of God. This means that teachers of the Bible should take seriously the Apostle Paul’s charge to Timothy to “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a … Continue reading

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Church: Organism & Organization

Is an inadequacy in Church structure a good excuse for superficial connection with other followers of Christ in a local church? We must confront our tendency to make excuses and to find blame outside of ourselves for failing to connect … Continue reading

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Live your theology in the Church

A teaching that is cherished by all who follow a reformed understanding of salvation is the perseverance of the saints. Simply stated, it’s the belief that all who genuinely experience God’s salvation will continue in the faith until the end. … Continue reading

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Watch out for the ways of Esau

Recently, I’ve been studying Hebrews 12:14-17. I posted some notes from my study on August 26, (see: Pursuing peace….).  I have been deeply challenged by the warning in verses 16-17 about the negative example of Esau. Before I share a … Continue reading

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Pursuing peace and holiness with watchful care

Christian communities are called (as communities) to pursue peace and holiness with watchful concern for each member. We so often individualize the community emphases that permeate the New Testament. We think, for example, of holiness primarily as a personal matter. … Continue reading

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Five-part series on the Church

Walk with us through this five-part audio series on God’s plan for His Church: ______________________________________ A Closer Look at the Church (part 1)  listen ______________________________________ A Closer Look at the Church (part 2) listen ______________________________________ A Closer Look at the … Continue reading

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New Page for Church Members and Leaders

I often interact with pastors who feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the challenges of local Church ministry. Many of these leaders feel that their training did not adequately equip them with a strong Biblical vision for the Church. This is … Continue reading

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