The book of Galatians is one of the most passionate books of the New Testament. After Paul established the church in Galatia, false teachers entered the church and promoted a false gospel. According to the false teachers, Christians need to believe in Jesus and obey the works of the Law—especially circumcision—to be saved. Though this […]Read More When A Pastor Fights
One of the unique features of Baptist theology is how diverse it can be. In my own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), a person can hold many different doctrinal positions while remaining in good standing. One popular example is the Calvinist/Arminian debate. In the SBC, we have Calvinists, Arminians, and people who claim to […]Read More Four Distinguishing Marks of Baptist Theology
A good friend of mine who grew up in the Catholic Church attended her first Protestant service on a Wednesday night at my church. Thinking back, I remember when she entered the church and sat down on a pew next to her boyfriend. As I introduced myself, I learned that she had extremely limited experience […]Read More Why My Church Does Business Meetings
It goes by at least three different names: Communion, the Eucharist, and the Lord’s Supper. Along with the names comes a great variety of ways to understand what exactly the Lord’s Supper means, how it should be celebrated, and who should participate. The differences notwithstanding, the Lord’s Supper ties Christians of all different stripes to […]Read More The Bases of the Lord’s Supper
Every weekend, multitudes of preachers stand before congregations and faithfully preach God’s word to God’s people. For those 30-45 minutes, the preacher looks out from the pulpit and tells his congregation how God’s word applies to their lives. Then, he leaves the pulpit, walks off the stage, and goes home just like everyone else. Next […]Read More What Do Pastors Do?
Sunday, May 20, 2018, was Pentecost. The first Pentecost is one of the most important days in the history of the Church for numerous reasons; however, this day’s main source of significance is the fact that the Church received the Holy Spirit’s presence in a new way on Pentecost. If we read in Acts 2, […]Read More The Theology of Pentecost
A pastor’s wife is one of the hardest roles to occupy in a church. These ladies don’t technically have a position: There’s no job description for being the pastor’s wife, and she doesn’t directly receive a paycheck. However, make no mistakes about it, there are expectations: More than a few churches expect the pastor’s wife […]Read More The Role of the Pastor’s Wife
A prominent trend in American evangelicalism is the rise of Calvinism. While Arminianism was the dominant theological position of American Christians throughout the end of the twentieth century, Calvinism may be the dominant position in the near future. My first seminary class was taught by a Calvinist, the popular Passion Conferences are routinely headlined by […]Read More Calvinism is Not the Gospel
Words are important: Often times, the words we use reveal much about what we believe. For example, when a person calls the book of Revelation “Revelations,” I cringe. The reason is that adding the “s,” though it seems small, implies that we believe there are multiple revelations in the book of Revelation. Without the “s,” […]Read More Does Your Pastor Have an Office or a Study?
Recently, my wife’s flatiron unexpectedly gave up the ghost. Like the good, dutiful husband I am, or at least attempt to be on my better days, I bought her a replacement flatiron which arrived in the mail later that week. Now, this process revealed two things to me: First, flatirons are outrageously expensive! I’m currently […]Read More What Every Pastor Wants
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” In this passage, Jesus tells a scribe that if we are to aim at one thing in life, we ought to aim at loving God with everything we are. This makes […]Read More What Is Theology?
Pastoring is a broad job: Pastors are counselors and confidants, teachers and trainers, supervisors and superintendents. Each pastor is uniquely gifted for and/or prefers one of these roles over the others. This is natural and is part of how the pastor is made in the image of God; differences in ministry preferences and skills are […]Read More How to Judge a Sermon