• Elders for the Church by Phil Newton

    Over the past decade I’ve engaged a wide-range of Christians on the subject of elders. Some, in desperation, want to change dysfunctional church leadership structures. Others have grown tired of side-stepping the biblical teaching on elders. Some long to adopt …Read More

  • Semper Reformanda in its Historical Context by W. Robert Godfrey

    The phrase ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always reforming) has been used so often as to make it a motto or slogan. People have used it to support a surprising array of theological and ecclesiastical programs and purposes. …Read More

  • The Gift of the Spirit by Jim Fitzgerald

    Callers to a psychiatric hotline heard the following message: “If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly. If you are co-dependent, please ask someone else to press 2. If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6. …Read More

  • Word and Sacrament in Worship by Kim Riddlebarger

    In those fundamentalist churches in which I was raised, most Sunday mornings the minister preached from a well-worn Bible, told a few stories to illustrate his point and then reminded us that Jesus is our only hope of heaven. But …Read More

  • Not So Fast by Trevin Wax

    Jim and Sandra were longtime members at Christ Church. They gave generously — of their time, their talents, and their financial resources. Christ Church was known for being evangelistic and putting a priority on God’s Word. And Jim and Sandra …Read More

  • The Means of Persevering Grace by W. Robert Godfrey

    Until the Arminian controversy in the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century, Calvinism did not have five points. Calvinism summarized itself in its great confessions and catechisms and never thought to reduce itself to five points. The Arminians, however, had …Read More

  • Hypocritical Hypocrisy by Burk Parsons

    I just began reading a book by a well-known pastor who, in the opening pages, referred to himself as a “professional hypocrite.” Being a pastor, he is all too familiar with the hypocrite label that is so often leveled at …Read More

  • Out with the Old and in with the New by Richard Pratt Jr.

    Followers of Christ repeat Jesus’ words “this cup is the new covenant” every time they observe the Lord’s Supper. All over the world, local churches include the words new covenant in their names. But if you ask most Christians the …Read More

  • Give Without Pay by Jon Bloom

    When it comes to the mixing of gospel ministry and money, we who are leaders of churches or their ancillary ministries must have the fear of God struck into us. Heaven and hell are at stake in how we raise, …Read More

  • The Undoing of Babel by Derek Thomas

    Man’s nature,” Calvin wrote in the Institutes of the Christian Religion, “is a perpetual factory of idols” (1.11.8). Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the Babel episode (Gen. 11:1–9). Babylon becomes in time the most important city in …Read More

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