It goes without saying that if church leadership is healthy, the church will be healthy, and when the church is healthy, they follow Christ. Whenever change comes, they lean on Christ in and through the change.
Without historical accuracy I would not be able to study the passage of the scriptures that is presented to me with theological accuracy. My theological understanding begins by examining a portion of the scriptures in its historical context.
What would happen to a church or denomination that does not actively learn or apply biblical and systematic theology to its teaching ministry? Has this happened to your church or denomination?
Even though understanding the small can help one to understand the larger, this does not mean that the individual represents society.
Before one forms an opinion on whether the multi-site church movement is biblically accurate or not, it is imperative to establish the definition of a church.
My sister in-law told us to gather only what we needed, as all six of us would need to pile into a tiny car and escape the center as soon as possible. This was the moment that my nightmares became real. I had all of ten minutes to dress my two boys. Would we be able to return? Was this for a day or forever?
The more time church planters spend understanding the culture, the more effective they are in their ministry cultural context.
Book Review: Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting by J. D. Payne
North American church planters need to rely more on the Holy Spirit and less on models and strategies.
Nations with higher priority investments in education make individuals into effective workers and executives who contribute towards building their nations by contributing to their organizations. However, when knowledge is suppressed, and education is controlled through oppressive educational philosophies, education can tear down its citizens resulting in chaotic, dictatorial, societies which sooner or later will implode.
One of the first things Christians ask when you mention the word “Lent” is, “what is it?”
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I share articles and posts on current world issues related to religion, theology, and politics. I seek to articulate the public meaning of faith, bringing the resources of religious tradition to bear on such topics as poverty, human rights, economic justice, international relations, national priorities, popular culture, and yes, even politics, as long as it is related to faith.
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