Jonathan Leeman’s, Don’t Fire Your Church Members (an outline)

I’ve recently finished reading Jonathan Leeman’s defense of congregationalism. I believe it is the single best resource on the issue today. I highly recommend the work. Jonathan Leeman, Don’t Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism.   Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016. ISBN: 978-1433686238 $19.36 208 pages Introduction Not Just Decision Making, But Work Who…

Appropriate Speech-Acts: Thinking Carefully about Who Says What When the Church is Gathered (Part 2)

In this post I’m building on Part 1. I want to focus on this: when the church gathers for corporate worship, and both men and women are given opportunities to speak, what are appropriate acts of speech for men and women? More specifically, if we say it is appropriate for a woman to prophesy when the…

Appropriate Speech-Acts: Thinking Carefully about Who Says What When the Church is Gathered (Part 1)

*This article has two parts: see Part 2. A generation ago, debates among egalitarians and complementarians were significant. Eventually, the camps settled into their own (two organizations emerged that generally represent the two sides: Council of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and Christians for Biblical Equality). Today, however, within the settled camp of complementarianism, there are…

Worth a Look: Denny Burk on Women Preaching; Midwestern is Killing It; Alastair Roberts Comes to Minneapolis

Here are a few things worth a look. Dr. Denny Burk writes an important piece that addresses the complementarian debate surrounding women preaching to the gathered church. Alastair Roberts is coming to Minneapolis for the Theopolis Institute event held at Cities Church. Consider attending! Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary continues to impress. They have hired Dr.…

Congregationalism and the Biblical Theology

Over the years I’ve happily defended the congregational view of church government. The New Testament evidence for this position is, in my mind, clear enough. In my reading of the Bible, congregationalism is the New Testament model when it comes to local church polity. Now, the arguments for congregational government are pretty standard. It seems when…