"Five Lessons Learned from Practicing Church Discipline" by Tom Hicks

Today Tom Hicks posted an excellent article on the Founders Ministries blog entitled Five Lessons Learned from Practicing Church Discipline. In it he offers some lessons he has learned from practicing church discipline over more than ten years of pastoral ministry. Tom says that he has learned or had reinforced for him the fact that … Continue reading "Five Lessons Learned from Practicing Church Discipline" by Tom Hicks

Shepherds Must Protect Their Flocks

There seems to be an ever increasing disdain among Evangelicals for any teaching that is confrontational, for any teaching that exposes errors or false doctrines and warns the people of God about such dangers. They see such teaching as too "negative" or "judgmental" or "intolerant." They often even see it as "unloving" and "mean-spirited." They … Continue reading Shepherds Must Protect Their Flocks

The Second Edition of "The Church: Why Bother?" Is Now Available!

Jeff Johnson announced earlier this morning that the new edition of The Church: Why Bother? is now available for sale on Amazon. If you want bulk discounts, please contact Jeff. Here is what John MacArthur has said about the book: In one way or another, virtually every troubling trend in the current world of evangelical … Continue reading The Second Edition of "The Church: Why Bother?" Is Now Available!

The Second Edition of "The Church: Why Bother?" Coming Soon!

Jeff Johnson has just announced that the second edition of The Church: Why Bother? will be available in just a few weeks. Here is Jeff's announcement from his Facebook page: The second, edited, and expanded edition of "The Church: Why Bother?" will be released in just a few weeks. It carries a new endorsement from Mark Dever … Continue reading The Second Edition of "The Church: Why Bother?" Coming Soon!

Questions about the Atmosphere and Emotions in Worship

I have three simple questions relating to worship, though admittedly they may not have simple answers. I will begin by asking my first two questions, which are very similar, and will close by asking a third question. 1. What role should the atmosphere (energy level) of a worship service have in evoking emotions? 2. To … Continue reading Questions about the Atmosphere and Emotions in Worship

Answering Scott Brown’s Challenge Concerning Age Segregated Education

Over the years I have consistently heard advocates of the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM) assert that age segregated education, such as employed in youth ministries or Sunday schools, is not Biblical. As a matter of fact, Scott Brown, a well known FICM advocate and director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) has at least … Continue reading Answering Scott Brown’s Challenge Concerning Age Segregated Education

Is Age Segregated Sunday School Biblical? – Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed how it is that we may discern whether or not a ministry practice is Biblical. I hope all would agree with me that we may deem a practice to be Biblical not only if it is in keeping with Biblical prescriptions or precedents, while avoiding running afoul … Continue reading Is Age Segregated Sunday School Biblical? – Part 3