Outgrowing the Church?

As mentioned in the previous blog(s), we are called and commanded to love the fellow members of our local church. You may now agree that God calls all Christians to join (i.e. to be committed to) a local church and that God calls you to love the family of God in your local church. However,…

Loving the Local Church

As mentioned in the previous blog, the local church is the ordinary and primary means in which God sanctifies and grows believers, which means that church membership is non-negotiable for Christians. However, the trends in church membership and church attendance have created a new category of Christians in social science research who “love Jesus but…

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 21st century technological advances. Consider the number of ways in which technology…

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…

How Much Do You Need the Church?

To the reader of this blog, may I ask you some questions: Do you love the church? Do you believe that the church is still necessary or has the church become merely a convenience in your life? Do you believe that church attendance is a necessary component of your sanctification? Do you prize the local…

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,…