Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, In Job 29, Job is continuing a conversation with his friends and musing on his current situation. He says, “Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God watched over me; When His lamp shone upon my head, and when by His light I walked through darkness; Just as I was in the days of my prime, when the friendly cou...Keep Reading
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The gospel of Jesus Christ motivates our giving. Giving is motivated not by looking at another ‘law’ for a minimum amount I’m constrained or required to give, but by looking at Jesus’ person and work for the maximum amount I’m freed to give. When we look at the gospel, we find at least four principles that guide our giving....
Part and parcel to God’s design in building the church and equipping her members is providing exemplary leadership through whom he administers his own shepherdly care. The Lord uses these leaders to press the truth and grace of his character into the life of the congregation. Insofar as these appointed men look like Christ and follow him, the congregation will benefit. ...
When we discuss the nature of biblical eldership, we are seeking to answer the question, What should Jesus Christ’s care for the church look like when it comes through the elders? Using terms often associated with shephering in the Scriptures, we could summarize the nature of eldership under four headings: lead, feed, protect, and care....
Jesus doesn’t need us, but he chooses to use us in the unstoppable advance of his kingdom across geographical boundaries and ethno-linguistic barriers. The kingdom grows as we announce to all peoples the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name. The following are a few considerations in making evangelism a priority for our own lives....
Social media also for some (and I want to emphasize for some) an avenue to vent frustrations quite apart from lifting high the cross of Christ. In light of this potential for social media as well as its abuses, I want to offer the following counsel. I’m a bit late to the game. But I pastor a local church in Fort Worth. I love them dearly. I think of them often. And I’ve written these things first to equip myself and them....
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The book of Romans contains magnificent truths that Paul shared with the church. He said some very encouraging things as well as some difficult things. He taught them much solid doctrine revealing God’s ways and instructing them in living out the Christian life. The love Paul had for the church is evident. He said he prayed for...Keep Reading
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, The apostle, Paul, had such a heart for the salvation of others. He had come to personally know the Christ he had persecuted. For Paul, to live was Christ. His relationship with his Lord was the most important thing in his life and of next importance was having others come to know the Savior as well. Although Paul is known as the apo...Keep Reading
Still grieving for families in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis. Still hurting for my friends who fear for their children. Still angry at all the injustice, whether interpersonal or systemic. Still feeling the thick darkness of sin. Still wondering how and when and what to speak. Still troubled by my own subtle fears of people and death. Ten ways the book of James helps us resp...Keep Reading
“What happens in your elder meetings?” is a question that several brothers ask. Some want to know as a way to evaluate their own elder meeting agendas. Others ask as their church transitions to a plurality of elders, and they needed guidance as “first-timers.” Our meeting times break into three parts: care for one another and prayer for the body, reformation, and r...Keep Reading
Some of you may be asking how to practice praying, or how to make prayer a more regular part of your Christian walk? Here are a nine ways to foster a life of prayer....Keep Reading
Christian, what’s your role in the mission to see disciples in disciple-making churches exist among all peoples? Because the Lord has given you the Spirit and promised you the grace to serve him, you have an important role to play in the mission. Is your role to serve and support the mission through local ministries? Or, is your contribution to advance the gospel among t...Keep Reading
One of the most breathtaking sentences I’ve encountered in the writings of Paul appears in Romans 15. In the midst of describing his plans to visit Jerusalem, Rome, and ultimately Spain, Paul justifies his travel to Spain by saying that he has fulfilled the ministry of the gospel, even to the extent that he has no more room to work in the regions stretching from Jerusale...Keep Reading
For many of us at Redeemer Church, it may be clear why we include both “our neighbors” and “the nations” in our vision statement. But over time new people join our local church and even existing members can forget why we’re so explicit about both neighbors and the nations. Thus, consider the following a brief primer on some of the theology driving the distinction...Keep Reading
Rachel and I sat to talk last night about the people suffering the aftermath of an earthquake in Nepal, the decision regarding marriage before the Supreme Court, and even longer about the situation in Baltimore and the hurt we feel for all involved. The events seem so huge; the issues involved, so complex; the people needing help, so many. We both wanted so badly to do som...Keep Reading