Christians · Church Life · Generosity · Give · Local Church · Money · Tithe

15 Myths about Giving and Church Part II

This is a three part series covering 15 myths about giving and church. Last week we looked at the first five: it’s my money; I’m too poor to give; I don’t give, but I serve; my church doesn’t need my money; and giving ends at 10%. This week we will cover five more myths about… Continue reading 15 Myths about Giving and Church Part II

Christians · Church · Church Life · Congregation · Online Church · Pastoring · Pastors · Preaching

6 Benefits of Live Local Preaching

Many people have been told recently that online “church” is a fine substitute for church. I have written articles listing 8 reasons why I find that to not be true. You can read them here (link) and here (link).  One of the reasons I think we still need (and are called to gather) as local… Continue reading 6 Benefits of Live Local Preaching

Church · Church Life · Communion · Fellowship · Preaching · Singing · Worship

8 Reasons to Come to Church Physically, Part 1

Over the last couple years, there has been a debate about what church is and how we do it. Really this is nothing new, but the recent debate stirred up again those attempting to make the case that “online church” is the same as attending a service in person. There are even prominent Christian leaders… Continue reading 8 Reasons to Come to Church Physically, Part 1

Church Life · God's Word · Jesus

The Sin of Being Too Conservative

Many of us know what God has to say about ethics, and if we break His commands it is sin. But, can you be too conservative? Is it sinful to be too “religious?”  Let me give some qualifiers. First, let’s be clear about what I am not talking about. I am not speaking about conservatism… Continue reading The Sin of Being Too Conservative

Church Life · Guest Blogger · Old Testament · Pastors · Philosophy · Politics · Ty Woznek

Should Pastors Engage in Politics? Part II

By Guest Blogger Ty Woznek This article is by guest blogger Ty Woznek. He is the senior pastor of Heartland Church in Norfolk, Nebraska. Ty and I have been friends for a few years. We often discuss theology, Christian philosophy, and church practice, sometimes on a weekly basis. Recently he published this article that I… Continue reading Should Pastors Engage in Politics? Part II

Church Life · Guest Blogger · Old Testament · Pastors · Philosophy · Politics · Ty Woznek

Should Pastors Engage in Politics? Part I

Guest Blogger Ty Woznek This article is by guest blogger Ty Woznek. He is the senior pastor of Heartland Church in Norfolk, Nebraska. Ty and I have been friends for a few years. We often discuss theology, Christian philosophy, and church practice, sometimes on a weekly basis. Recently he published this article that I thought… Continue reading Should Pastors Engage in Politics? Part I

Church Life · Communication · Confrontation · Gospel · Love · Truth

Why We Must Speak the Truth in Love

There is a modern cultural disagreement about the idea of speaking the truth in love. On one side we have people who do not believe in truth. (Well, they will say they believe in truth, but that truth is relative. If all truth is relative, there is no truth). On the other side you have… Continue reading Why We Must Speak the Truth in Love

Church Life · Imago Dei · Securlarism · Spiritual Growth

You’re a Person and a Project

There is a phrase being thrown around like a rag doll in Christian circles: “I’m a person not a project.” The phrase is accusatory at best, and misleading at worse. It is a pendulum swing in the idea of Christian discipleship, and we need to carefully dissect it. We should continually seek what God wants… Continue reading You’re a Person and a Project

Backslide · Church Life · Fall away · Pastors

Appreciating Watchdog Pastors

None of us like to be or want to be watched. Our privacy is something that we lose more every day living in a technological age. Any time someone notices something about us, that we prefer to not be noticed, it feels like an invasion of privacy. The question is, does anyone have the right… Continue reading Appreciating Watchdog Pastors

Bible Study · Church · Church Life · Ministry · Pastoring · Theology

Three Ways to Support Your Pastor’s Theology

I am blessed to pastor a small church in the hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania for more than 12 years. This church has been a blessing to me in many ways. I want to share one important way they have supported me, hoping to inspire other churches to do the same: continued theological study. I will… Continue reading Three Ways to Support Your Pastor’s Theology