Why Church Membership

As mentioned in the previous blog, God visits and dwells with His people in a special way within your local church. However, our anti-institutional age has convinced us that we can piece together all of what we need from the local church through the 21st century technological advances. Consider the number of ways in which…

The Beauty of the Local Church

When considering the role of the church in our lives, it’s always important to consider the age in which we live. As discussed in the previous blog, I believe that it is self-evident that we live in a deeply anti-authoritarian age. Outside the church, this is often observed within national politics where disrespect and irreverence…

Happy Holy Days?

I once heard a Reformed Baptist say that there are roughly 52 holidays (holy days) on the Reformed church calendar, and they all have the same name: the Lord’s Day. This assertion struck my funny bone at the time, but it has progressively become a reality for me over the years. As one grows in…

Jemar Tisby vs. “White Evangelicals”

Earlier this week, we reported that RAANetwork has come under the scrutiny of many in the Evangelical community for comments made by Jemar Tisby during an episode of Pass the Mic. In response to his critics, Tisby has doubled down. What is the source of his anxiety? “Among many troubling implications of a Donald Trump presidency,…

Will the Monologue NOW Become a Dialogue?

  The past two years have been very exhausting on the ethnic front. As I’m sure most of you are aware, Gabriel Williams and I have been blogging on the subject of Public Theology. It has been a long and challenging series in part because there is much we would like to address day-to-day, but…

The Guilt of Pastoral Ministry (Leon Brown) – Reformation21

Leon Brown offers his thoughts on how members might help alleviate the guilt their pastors feel from sacrificing so much for pastoral ministry… _________________________   As I was re-reading a section of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving, these words made a Facebook debut: “We asked our summit pastors, ‘What obstacles…