In a Q&A, Carl Trueman was asked about why churches today are losing their young people. Typical answers to this question range from things like the temptations of this world or the irrelevance…
What (Some) Church Members Really Mean When They Say They Want Their Church to Grow
You will rarely find a church member who says he or she is not for growth in the church. But many church members have unspoken, perhaps unknown, conditions attached to the statement.
10 Commandments for a Friendly Church
Speak to People. A cheerful word of greeting can make the day brighter for anyone. Some folks would never speak unless spoken to first. It would be a quiet world if everyone refused to speak until spoken to Give Folks a Friendly Smile. A smile costs so little and does so much good. Your smile is your greatest asset. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13 Call Folks By Name. The sound of a friendly voice calling your own name is sweet music. It is a tune anyone can play. Be Friendly and Helpful. If you want friends, be friendly. Don’t build walls around yourself. Build bridges. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend…
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Fairhaven Baptist Church
Bible Text: I Peter 3:10-12 | Preacher: Roger Voegtlin | Series: Transcribed Sermons Please turn in your Bibles to I Peter chapter 3, verses 10 through 12. I’m going to preach this morning simply on how to enjoy life. Everybody wants to enjoy life, but some don’t, and some do. I think we see a secret to this in I Peter 3 starting with verse 10. “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek …
What to do when your church changes
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I’m invited to preach have these things in common… –Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. –On the platform you find all kinds of musical instruments. –Huge screens are mounted on the front walls, where the words of songs and scripture are projected. –Many people in the congregation read Scripture from their phones. –Worship leaders are often wearing jeans and sneakers. –In the announcements, you hear of mission trips to foreign countries, regardless of the size of the church. –Fewer and fewer hymns are being sung, and when the old ones are brought out, they’re given new treatments. Mostly, though, what’s being sung in worship was written in the past 10 or 12 years. –Churches announce on their outside signs “blended”…
An Appeal For An Explanation: Derek Thomas, P&R, and Plagiarism
A number of people have spoken to me concerning the recent plagiarism charges against Derek Thomas, which P&R have confirmed on their website (www.prpbooks.com/book/acts), though P&R uses the euphemistic phrase "unattributed content."
How to Uncheapen Grace in Your Church
The very nature of grace throws off all measurements of balance. You don’t balance out law with grace, or vice versa. They don’t keep each other in check. Thinking so reveals a misunderstanding of both.
Iowa: 'Some' churches must comply with transgender bathroom laws
Is a church a place of public accommodation and if so – are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation?
Why Pastors Often Leave Their Church in the Third Year
In may seem confusing, but most pastors leave their church in the third year and the average length of a pastorate is 3.6 years.