Church · Service · Worship

Is Church for Worship or a Show – About God or You?

To those who take time to read through a blog post asking this question, I believe we are probably already on the same page. Let me encourage you to continue reading so that you can both check your heart, and be able to correctly contend with others. The question is, whether church is for worship… Continue reading Is Church for Worship or a Show – About God or You?

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 · isolation · Pendulum Swing · Unity · Worship

Christianity Without the Church?

For centuries many have thought that the church building was the church. We even use phrases today like, “Let’s go to church.” We know by that we mean, “Let’s go to the church service at the building where Christians meet.” We are moving (in some areas) into a proper understanding of the true definition of… Continue reading Christianity Without the Church?

Church · Internet · Local Church · Online · Online Church

From the Pew to the Pillow: 3 Things Online Church Cannot Do For You

Over the years I’ve run into people who have moved from the pew to the pillow when it comes to church. They have gone from attending a local church in a physical building, to becoming part of an online church. Their “online church” is where they listen for spiritual guidance, give their time, money, and… Continue reading From the Pew to the Pillow: 3 Things Online Church Cannot Do For You

Bible Study · Church · Classical Education · Preaching · Uncategorized · Worship

How Classical Education Changed My Preaching or “Let’s Define our Terms”

You may not be aware that my wife and I currently homeschool. Now, we are not one of “those” families whose children don’t see the light of day until they turn 18. Our kids also are involved in dance, library programs, and other community activities. I want to give a short disclaimer here. Let me… Continue reading How Classical Education Changed My Preaching or “Let’s Define our Terms”

Children · Church · Vacation · Worship

Why We Go to Church on Vacation

If you stumbled upon this blog it’s important for you to know that I currently pastor a church. While I think that this article is important to pastors, I believe it is also important for everyone. I want to talk about why I still go to church while I am on vacation. First let me… Continue reading Why We Go to Church on Vacation

Christians · Church · Church Life · Minister · Sunday · Worship

Does One More Sunday Really Matter?

As I write this post, months before publication, I’m sitting in my office at church. I arrived around 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning as usual to prepare for the service. I looked the building over to make sure all looks well and read through my sermon for a practice run. In a little while… Continue reading Does One More Sunday Really Matter?

Christians · Church · Church Life · Pastoring

Every Christian: A Pastor or Priest

When you think about a pastor or priest what do you think? Maybe someone with a collar or a suit or someone who is passive. You might even picture  a gender, age bracket, or appearance  when you think of the term. One distinction when it comes to a pastor or priest is probably  someone who… Continue reading Every Christian: A Pastor or Priest

Church · Communion · Jesus

The How of Communion

Previously I addressed the question, “What is communion?” The majority of Christians would agree with most of what I wrote about why we observe communion. As a quick refresher, communion celebrates the cross of Christ and the forgiveness that He died to offer. Communion also is a time to repent and “get right” with God,… Continue reading The How of Communion

Church · Communion · Jesus · Top Topics

Communion: Celebrate, Repent, Proclaim, Unite

There are times I have stepped back and asked myself, “Is what we do at church tradition or what God wants?” It’s not that all church tradition is bad, although I do think we need to take time to evaluate what we are doing from time to time. On Mother’s Day, for example, our church… Continue reading Communion: Celebrate, Repent, Proclaim, Unite