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How To Solve Church Problems

My college Bible Professor, E.V. Srygley, once quipped, “Jesus said when two or three are gathered together, I will be in their midst. I’ve found that when two or three are gathered together, there’s going to be a problem.”

Problems. They’re part of life. The church and Christians are not exempt from problems. However, as Chuck Swindoll observed, “Every problem is an opportunity to prove God’s power.” Continue reading

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Is Jesus a King Without a Kingdom?

We hear and read a good bit about the “Evangelical Right” today, especially in the area of politics. However, what may be little known to the average person, is that the doctrine of Premillennialism reigns in Evangelical theology.

For the past 100 years Premillennialism has gained a wide acceptance in the Protestant world in general and evangelicals specifically. Some trace the growing belief to the publishing of Scofield Reference Bible in 1909. Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Small, But Not Struggling Churches

When we first arrived in Ontario, Mike Stephens, the Wellandport preacher for over 20 years, and I were discussing my schedule for the summer. This discussion turned to the topic of small, struggling churches. He commented regarding one of the congregations, “Oh, they’re struggling to reach 200, but they are not struggling spiritually.”

In reflecting on the summer and my association with several, but not all, of the Ontario churches, I echo this sentiment. Often in the States, we equate strength with numbers. But careful observation and scriptural consideration reveal this is not necessarily so. Continue reading

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Let’s Build The Church Together

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My friend and preaching colleague Ken Green recently shared this touching story on facebook.

It was the closing night of a summer VBS. The teacher of one of the classes had missed one night and hadn’t encountered a boy who had come that night and who was there that Friday. He only had one hand. It shook her a little and she began to be afraid that the others might make fun of him. But things went smoothly and she soon put the boy’s handicap out of her mind. Continue reading

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The Wisdom of God’s Eternal Purpose

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Today is the last day of the Southside Lectures. It’s been a great week. I’ve been edified by the powerful preaching from my fellow-laborers, Roger Shouse, Kenny Moorer and Don Truex.

But I’ve also been encouraged by the fellowship of the brethren who have come to worship, learn and grow. The association with God’s people this week has ennobled, uplifted and fortified my spirit.

It seems fitting that my final lecture this morning is on “The Wisdom of God’s Eternal Purpose. Here’s a synopsis of what I plan to share from Ephesians 3:10-11. Continue reading

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WORD OF THE WEEK: CHURCH

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All of the polls reflect the fact that church attendance is down. Barna. Gallup. Harris. And they record similar sounding comments.

“Church is boring.”

“The church is not relevant to my needs.”

“The church is just after my money.

“I’m spiritual, but not religious.” Continue reading

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Fellowship in the Church Family

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“There are two things one cannot do alone,” once wrote Swiss psychologist, Paul Tournier, “be married and be a Christian.”

I suppose there are a few others. Be Mom. A dad. Or play a team sport.  But Tournier’s point is valid.

Occasionally, I will hear someone say, “I can be a good Christian and not be a part of a church.”

Really? Continue reading

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