One of my elders and I confronted these Mormon missionaries with biblical fact after fact, all of which stood in conflict with their deeply held convictions. Nothing seemed to faze them. Except one thing . . .
Let's find ways to welcome and celebrate diverse cultural expressions among believers. To fail to do so is to rob God of the varying forms of worship due His name.
So when you sing on Sunday, make sure you are raising your hands and heart because of the words that you are singing and not simply because of the emotions that you are feeling.
Augustine of Hippo, the great theologian and North African bishop, said men who “speak the common tongue” need “two other languages for the study of Scripture: Hebrew and Greek.”
Since churches looking for pastoral candidates seem to be all the map when it comes to ordination, does it make sense for aspiring ministers to pursue it?
Evangelism is often a slow process; sometimes it’s enough to stick a rock in someone’s shoe, and see what God does with it.
Since rest is part of God’s good plan for us, I want to be obedient in an overflow of my love for Him. After all, he’s already lived the life I can’t live and paid the price I couldn’t pay for my sin. The culture around us says, “Go work, gain merit, and prove yourself worthy.” The gospel, though, says, “Rest in Christ.”
One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor's arsenal is "I don't know."
Pastor, you primary calling is to the people God has you with now, not who you think you deserve.
For many of my formative years, the overarching and consistent message I received at church was, “Be good." I attempted with everything in me to be good, but my efforts only reinforced what I knew deep inside: I wasn’t good enough and could never be.