Church Blog (Page 3)

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The Gender Conversation

The discussion concerning gender continues to be a current and controversial topic in our society. Whether it is in the context of school curriculum, social media, film, or self-identity, it is getting people’s attention. The classic images that would be seen on a bathroom door have been used to distinguish between a male and female are being challenged. This…

Successful Christian Ministry

Today there are many tools and methods used in Christian ministry. Some are very helpful whereas others are very unhelpful. Sadly, many of these are designed to appeal to the desires of people. This method is often referred to as being “Seeker Sensitive”. Obviously we don’t ever want to use methods that are mean to people, but to tailor everyone around…

The Essentials of the Doctrine of End Times

When it comes to the doctrine of end times, there is no hiding the fact that believers have differing views. The three major millennial views (Amillennial, Premillennial, and Postmillennial) each have godly, gifted, and gracious adherents.  In this post, I would like to point out four key areas of agreement between the views. This is not to suggest that we ignore the…

False Faith Versus True Faith

Many religions teach that if you are going to be saved and go to Heaven, you need to perform good works. However, this is completely wrong. Scripture makes it clear that salvation is by grace through faith and not works,   “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no…

Christ is Risen!

“See, what a morning, gloriously bright, With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem; Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light, As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!” See God’s salvation plan, Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice, Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!” – Keith…

Majesty Mocked

In Matthew 27 we have an account of a series of events that took place in the lead up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. One of the scenes we have in this chapter is the despicable and demeaning way the soldiers treated Jesus. To them, Jesus was just another criminal. Matthew records it as follows,

How to Deal with Criticism – Part 2

As noted in my previous post, in John 8:48-59, the religious leaders criticized the Lord Jesus three times (8:48, 52-53, 57). This was not the first time that this has happened. But on this occasion the comments were getting more personal and ended quite intensely. In this passage we can observe how Jesus responded to criticism and from this be provided with a truly…

How to Deal with Criticism – Part 1

We all know what it is like to be critical. Criticism in and of itself is not a bad thing. There is a cautious constrictive criticism and there is a careless censorious criticism. Cautioned criticism is regulated by the desire to be helpful, whereas censorious criticism is regulated by the desire to be destructive. The story of a young lawyer has been told:

Bible Reading for 2016

God is not silent. He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word. For this reason, reading Scripture is of critical importance for the people of God. As we approach a New Year, this is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan, be resolved and start reading!