When we look at what the New Testament says about the early church’s worship gatherings, we see a lot of evidence that they originally included full communal meals. For instance, in Jude verse 12 we get a reference to the… Read More ›
Ecclesiology & Missions
Is the Church “Christ on Earth Today”?
Where can we see Jesus today? For many Christians, the answer is simple: We see him in and through his church. But then what about when the church behaves in horribly un-Christlike ways? When it abuses its power or neglects Christ’s commands? Are we to say that Christ himself was involved in doing evil? “Is Christ divided?”
Longing for Presence
Back when the Covid outbreak was still in its early stages, I wrote a post about the biggest spiritual questions I was pondering at the time (you can read it here: Burning Questions). In the nearly two months since I… Read More ›
3 Things for the Church to Keep in Mind After the Coronavirus
My wife and I were grateful to be able to get together with some of our young adult ministry students for an online video chat last night. As part of the discussion, we asked everyone what they all thought was… Read More ›
Should We Take Communion Virtually?
Well folks, I was planning on writing a piece about whether or not churches who are in quarantine mode should partake of the Lord’s Supper/Communion virtually, when to my surprise I just came across an article by the folks at For… Read More ›
Five Crucial Implications of the Church’s Mission
Working off of my definition of the church’s mission as participating in the mission of Christ to proclaim the gospel in word and deed by making disciples who make disciples, teaching and obeying God’s word, and loving and serving others… Read More ›
Some Thought-Provoking Quotes on the Mission of the Church
After sharing about my understanding of the Christian church’s mission yesterday, here are four great quotes I’m chewing on about the subject. The first three are quoted in the introduction to Michael Gorman’s book, Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and… Read More ›
What is the Mission of the Church?
It’s awfully hard to hit a target if you don’t even know what the target is. Successful organizations know this — it’s why they have “mission statements.” Having a clear definition of your mission is the first step to achieving… Read More ›
A Handy-Dandy Guide to Unorthodox “Christian” Sects & Cults
In my previous two posts, we looked at the major Christian denominations and their differences. If you missed them, you can check them out here: A Handy-Dandy Breakdown of Different Christian Denominations and Why Are There So Many Denominations? Despite their differences… Read More ›
Why Are There So Many Denominations?
In my previous post we looked at the differences between major Protestant Christian denominations. If you took a look at it, you probably noticed that there are a lot of significant differences between them when it comes to beliefs and… Read More ›