Christmas: A Time for Evangelism

With Thanksgiving over, many of us are focusing our attention on Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is one of the most hectic times of the year. We have gifts to purchase, family events to schedule, and traditions to keep alive. Though we’re busy, Christians cannot afford to allow Christmas to pass us by. Whether... Continue Reading →

A Theology of Church Finance

I’ve worked at two churches and I have many friends who are pastors. Here’s one thing that nearly all of our churches have in common: Finances are sometimes a little too slim for comfort. Very few churches have way too much cash lying around. Instead, many churches have to follow a strict budget. Managing church... Continue Reading →

Three Things Church Membership Means

Writing to perhaps the most troubled of the New Testament churches, Paul said: “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in... Continue Reading →

Are All Sins Really Equal?

All sins are equal. That was a common refrain that echoed through the rural churches of my childhood. This phrase is and will always be an axiom of my upbringing: Never did I doubt this statement’s veracity until I was in high school. As is so often the case with doubts, this problem, which now... Continue Reading →

St. Patrick of Ireland

On March 17, 461, St. Patrick of Ireland died in Ireland, the land he spent his life working to convert to the Christian religion. Patrick lived an amazing life and was a role model for effective evangelism; however, much of what we associate with him is mythical. For example, we don’t really know whether Patrick... Continue Reading →

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is an extremely popular fixation at Christian colleges and seminaries. Every year New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary hosts the Defend conference—which is open to the public and well worth attending—featuring some of the world’s top apologists. Some influential Christians consider apologetics to be so important that they say things like: “In this day and... Continue Reading →

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