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…

Faithfulness in a Fruitless Ministry by Michelle Tipton

When you genuinely strive toward faithfulness in your leadership, friendships, counseling situations, or evangelistic opportunities, you can’t shake the discouragement when those to whom you minister meet you with blank stares or hard hearts. While working toward faithfulness, every Christian will come to a point where they feel they are failing. Disappointment often follows when…

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…

Jesus, give us more men with high Christian character.

Photo by Jack Sharp on Unsplash Craig Hamilton in his book Wisdom in Leadership: the how and why of leading the people you serve writes, “if the leadership skills are the what of leadership, then character is the why and the how behind that what. Character is king because it’s like the filter through which all of your skills…

Are You Improving? Thoughts on Getting Better, Particularly at Preaching

This weekend marked the end of the season for my beloved Kentucky Wildcats. I love watching UK basketball and it was sad to see them lose to the Auburn Tigers. The loss, however, was much easier to take when I heard Duke also lost. A bit of balance was restored to the universe. When I…