Church · Heart · Mind · Practical · Sermon

Practical Theology for the Heart, Mind, and Soul

Recently we looked at the idea of whether a sermon should focus on the Gospel, doctrine, or application of God’s Word. We came to the conclusion that a great sermon has all three. A study of the book of Ephesians proved this, which you can read here. What do you think about when considering practical… Continue reading Practical Theology for the Heart, Mind, and Soul

Christians · Disciple · Exclusivity · Gospel · Jesus · Obey

Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?

Do you think Christianity is inclusive or exclusive? Who is allowed in and how are they allowed in? We need to understand that the cross of Christ is both inclusive and exclusive. HOW THE CROSS IS INCLUSIVE The cross is inclusive in that there are no barriers to who is invited, who is able to… Continue reading Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?

Bill Boekestein · Guest Blogger · Husband · Marriage · Spouse · Wife

Husband, 8 Admonitions to Loving Your Wife

For several years Bill and I ministered in neighboring towns in Northeastern PA. I have always found Bill thoughtful, and someone who attempts to be in line with Scripture. He is today’s guest blogger. This article was first published with Ligonier Ministries on July 14, 2021. “Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter… Continue reading Husband, 8 Admonitions to Loving Your Wife

Bible Reading · Children · Christian music · Faith · Ministry · Missions · Prayer · Serving

Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Recently Lifeway Research asked Christian adults about their faith practices as children. The study surveyed 2,000 Protestant and non-denominational adults. If we understand what helped these adults grow in their faith from childhood, we can apply those practices to help our children grow in their faith. First, we must understand that there are no guarantees… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Critical Theory · Forgiveness · Microaggression

Christian Thinking on Microaggression

The idea of microaggression is new to our modern thought and society. In short, it is a statement, action, or incident that is a subtle or even unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group. The question is, how should Christians think about this idea of microaggression? COMPASSION The first thing we can do is… Continue reading Christian Thinking on Microaggression

Christ Centered · Church · God's Word · King Jesus · Thinking · Worldview

Church Should Call You to Christ, Not Confirm Your Religious Ideas

There is some errant thinking today that church should be all about love, and unity. That everyone should be confirmed in their current thinking and all lifestyles are to be accepted. That the mission of the church is to unify everyone in love. This is actually the opposite of what Scripture calls us to in… Continue reading Church Should Call You to Christ, Not Confirm Your Religious Ideas

Forgiveness · Offense · Trust

Do I Need to Trust the Person I Forgave?

Forgiveness is at the core of the Christian life. To accept Christ’s love is to accept His forgiveness. The cross is the picture of forgiveness, and because of that, those who have been forgiven by God should forgive others. This is why we are told to be “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave… Continue reading Do I Need to Trust the Person I Forgave?

Comfort · Grief · Peace · Prayer

A Specific Prayer for Those Who Grieve

Charlie Brown’s famous line is “good grief!,” but I’m not sure I’ve had grief that was good. Grief can be caused by a lot of things, but usually it is grieving the passing of a family member or friend. Grief can extend beyond that of physical death. It can even come from a loss of… Continue reading A Specific Prayer for Those Who Grieve

Grace Agenda Conference · Jolly Rogers

The Chief Jolly Roger & the Grace Agenda Conference

Many have chatted with me about how the Grace Agenda Conference went in Moscow, Idaho. I thought I would write about what I experienced. Some of this could be deduced for yourself if you watched the conference online, and you should when it’s posted. I am going to give a more hands on approach view.… Continue reading The Chief Jolly Roger & the Grace Agenda Conference

Church · Fruit of the Spirit · Holy Spirit · Praise · Spirit · Truth · Worship

Basic Guardrails for Worshipping God

We tend to think that disagreements of how a worship service should look are modern debates. But worship styles and practices have changed throughout the history of Christianity and Israelite services. In fact, there was a worship war as far back as the days of King David, which can be found in II Samuel 6.… Continue reading Basic Guardrails for Worshipping God