As a new, growing church plant with a four and a half year history, I am often asked about planting churches, pastoring, and choosing leaders. Among these questions, choosing the lead pastor often arises. This will be the focus of the article. In general, those considering the pastorate must…
…have a working knowledge of the truth: "He should be sure of what he means to say…and be ready to stake body and soul, goods and reputation, on its truth" (Martin Luther). In addition to studying and exegetical disciplines, one should read the Bible through once a year. I cannot emphasize this enough. The "primary" calling of a pastor is preaching and teaching. We must have a working knowledge of the Scriptures.
…have a desire to read. Many entering the ministry fail to cultivate a consistent devotional life. Lead pastors should be well versed in church history and all aspects of theology. Motivation to read should come from a desire to learn, not to impress. more >>
Well, that didn't take long. Wheaton's Fall 2014 hire Julie Rodgers, a "gay celibate Christian," has resigned from her post amid her shifting viewpoint on same-sex relationships , as reported by Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration. Rodgers, who served as a ministry associate for spiritual care, wrote and spoke often of her commitment to honor God's prescription for sexuality and marriage by remaining celibate. Now Rodgers says her commitment "has evolved through the years."
On her personal blog, Rodgers explains:
Though I've been slow to admit it to myself, I've quietly supported same-sex relationships for a while now. When friends have chosen to lay their lives down for their partners, I've celebrated their commitment to one another and supported them as they've lost so many Christian friends they loved. more >>
If we are really going to see a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution, then we must be a spiritual army, and if we are really going to be a spiritual army, then we must be a people who are submitted to authority.
Otherwise, there will be a revolution, but not a Jesus revolution. It will be a revolution of the flesh, a revolution of rebellion, of pride, of self-will, of independence, of retaliation, of carnal anger – of everything other than the Spirit of God.
It will not be born in heaven, but it will be "earthly, unspiritual, of the devil" (Jacob [James] 3:14). It could even, God forbid, lead to violent confrontations. more >>
About one hundred years ago a terrible massacre was taking place against Christians. It was the Armenian massacre, where literally hundreds of thousands of Christians were slaughtered just for being Christian by Muslims in what is now Turkey.
It is eerily similar to the crisis of today, where ISIS and Boko Haram and other radical Islamic groups are killing Christians just for being Christian. Masterminds of ISIS are scheming of new sadistic ways to kill their enemies, to videotape it, and post it on the Internet.
The 20th century was the most anti-Christian century on record. It was also the bloodiest century on record. In fact, the term genocide was coined in the 20th century. more >>
The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and LifeWay Research began a one-year partnership Wednesday to further perfect efforts to evangelize at home and abroad.
Part of this partnership will involve the appointment of Ed Stetzer, head of LifeWay Research, to the position of senior fellow at the Billy Graham Center.
Laurie Fortunak Nichols, spokeswoman for the Billy Graham Center, told The Christian Post that the two entities have "a similar mission to see Christ's Church better equipped to engage in Gospel witness." more >>
One of Scott Walker's claim to fame is that he is the only governor in the history of the United States to survive a recall election. He also left college without completing his degree, which if elected, would make him the first president since Harry Truman without a degree.
The fact that Walker has been elected three times in five years in a state often dominated by Democrats is appealing to many Republican activists. Walker pushed for bold right-to-work legislation that caught the ire of labor officials and activists and led to a historic standoff in the state capital of Madison in 2011 and 2012.
Part of Walker's appeal to conservative supporters is that he has emerged victorious from multiple political assaults from the left. Below are six facts about the faith of Scott Walker: more >>