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

Church Life · Confrontation · Confronting · Spiritual Growth

The Blessing of Confrontation

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

Church Life · Church Membership · Local Church

Why Become a Church Member?

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?

Church Life · Counseling · Culture · Encouragement · Ministry

Creating a Church Culture of Helping People

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

Church Life · Discipleship · Spiritual Growth

Helping People Grow Spiritually Part III

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

Church Life · Discipleship · Spiritual Growth · Uncategorized

Helping People Grow Spiritually Part II

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

Bear Burdens · Church Life · Discipleship · Great Commission · Spiritual Growth

Helping People Grow Spiritually Part I

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