No More Boy Scout Religion The Boy Scouts of America was one of the most cherished organizations in the American culture. It seemed to sum what “a good American” was all about, and it captured the general outlook of our national character. It is what many people think of when they think of how to…

The Body Is Many Members Text: 1 Cor. 12:11-31 One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one…

How to Create Fellowship In our previous post, we only scratched the surface of what it takes to make a friendly and hospitable church community. I’d like to expand that more here. The key to a strong community-life at church is pretty simple. You have to spend time together, preferably in one another’s homes, and…

Seriously Joyful :: Joyfully Serious A friend of mine recently moved to South Florida. He began to visit the churches in his town, and at one of his visits, the pastor asked him what he was looking for in a church home. “I really just want two things,” he said. “I’d like to find a…

The Church Has An Identity Crisis Books and magazine articles about pastoral ministry often say that the modern church has lost its way and is in something of an identity crisis. Pastors are modeling themselves after corporate CEOs, talk-show hosts, or even celebrities and comedians. Writers as different as John Piper and Eugene Peterson have…

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