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
Sometimes when we think about tasks that God has called us to we only think about the negative side of them. This is one reason that we either delay or fail to do them. Even when God calls us to do something, and there’s no positive outcome for us, we still need to obey. Although… Continue reading The Blessing of Confrontation
There is some discussion today of whether or not it is still import to become a church member. I personally still believe that church membership is important. I also respect my colleagues who disagree with me, if they have formulated a good Biblical response against church membership in their churches. Here are my five arguments… Continue reading Why Become a Church Member?
This post was written for the Foundations Christian Counseling blog and originally appeared on January 18, 2019. Tim Madden is the Pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church in Northeast, PA. Over the past 10 years, I’ve noticed how he encourages his church to get trained in ministry, even if the training is over ten hours away! … Continue reading Creating a Church Culture of Helping People
This is a three part series on how to help people grow spiritually. Part I explained that we need to listen well, be gentle, and help bear others’ burdens. Part II addressed how we need to speak truth, check up on people, and how we can minister to them in the area of the fruit of the… Continue reading Helping People Grow Spiritually Part III
This is a three part series called “Helping People Grow Spiritually.” In Part 1 we talked about how we need to be good listeners, gentle, patient, and help bear others’ burdens This week we will talk about why we need to speak truth, check up on those we are helping and how we can minister… Continue reading Helping People Grow Spiritually Part II
Jesus assigns His disciples The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20. Fulfilling that commandment is important for every believer, not just a church pastor. Training Christians to train Christians is our goal. When it comes to helping people in the church grow spiritually, we have several different definitions of how we do that. Some would use… Continue reading Helping People Grow Spiritually Part I
Almost a year ago I wrote articles on what is known as cross-centered theology. Cross-centered theology basically declares that everything that we are called to do as Christians is directly related to the cross. Salvation is our primary benefit of the cross, reconciling us with God again and securing our eternity in Heaven to worship… Continue reading Why Cross-Centered Preaching?
For about six years I had no molding on the inside of my office door. There was just a large gap between the door and sheetrock. As someone who is a little of a perfectionist, this bothered me. After a while, however, I completely ignored it because I became comfortable with it. Finally today, as… Continue reading 3 Ways to Interact with a Sermon
I first heard the phrase, “Praise in public, confront in private,” years ago. I was with a group of leaders from my church and we were at a conference in Rochester, NY. The speaker talked about how this was one of the policies that they had in their church. Conflict is one of the things… Continue reading Praise in Public, Confront in Private