If someone's vision is that we ought to govern the State the way we govern the Church (with the Law of Christ), or their missions are basically the same–if that is someone's definition of "Christian nationalism", then I could not more strongly reject it. But if someone's vision is that Christians should only rely on secular arguments or a moral consensus when it comes to legislation, civic norms, etc., then I would strongly disagree with that.
The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here. *Originally preached January 3rd, 2021* Sermon Audio: Member's Ministry: Love (1 John 4:19-5:3) We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love … Continue reading Member’s Ministry: Love (1 John 4:19-5:3)
The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here. *Originally preached in May, 2022* Sermon Audio: It Takes a Church (Prov 22:6) Children, do you like coming to church? Do you ever get bored? Wish that I would talk less? My family didn’t go to church very often when I … Continue reading It Takes a Church (Prov 22:6)
On these shows, the preacher is tops. God comes out as second banana.Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, p. 117 Neil Postman wrote his classic, prophetic work, Amusing Ourselves to Death, a jeremiad on the consequences of television on American society, over 35 years ago. He details how TV has permanently altered not only how … Continue reading Your Church Livestream Isn’t Neutral
Richard Baxter was a puritan pastor and theologian in England in the seventeenth century. He lived through the Great Ejection by the Church of England where the state abusively expelled about 2500 ministers across England who refused to conform to the new Anglican liturgical orders. Baxter was forced out of his pulpit against his own … Continue reading Cancel Church? A Puritan Reflection
What is the Church? Is it a denomination? A hierarchy of old guys in funny hats? Is it a building? A liturgy? Is it a club? Is it a set of traditions, values, or political commitments? Hopefully the answer to those questions seem transparently obvious--No. A Mostly Right Answer But what about this: the Church … Continue reading The Peculiar Assembly
Is being a part of a local expression of the invisible body of Christ, the church, something that Christians should do? Is it taught anywhere in the Bible that we should actually go to church, or simply just be the church? Here are eight huge blessings you miss when you divorce yourself from the church: You Lose the Effectiveness … Continue reading Churchless: 8 Reasons To Be A Part Of A Church
In Kevin Deyoung's book Why We Love The Church, he interacts with certain Christian leaders who wish to dismiss some of the practices of the church as unnecessary, unhelpful, and even unbiblical. One of these practices that receives a large amount of criticism is the practice of preaching during the worship service. Deyoung brilliantly engages with the … Continue reading Why We Need Preachers