Posts from September 2019

Posts from September 2019

Win the Battle with Your Sin

My pastor told me I never have to sin again. How can that be true? Sincerely, Katie —————————————- Dear Katie, The problem is a misunderstanding of what really happened at our new birth: something is alive and something is not. Christ is alive and our old sin nature is not. Let me illustrate this for you by the story of Samson in Judges 14:5-8. While the strongman was walking through a vineyard a young lion attacked him. Samson killed it as…

501c3 Non-Profit?
That’s a Safe Bet…

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mk 8:36 501c3 Facts: Most churches in America have organized as “501c3 tax-exempt religious organizations.” This is a fairly recent trend that has only been going on for about fifty years. Churches were only added to section 501c3 of the tax code in 1954. We can thank Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson for that. Johnson was no ally of the church. As part of his…

Beyond Games: What Makes Youth Remain in Community at Church?

The church dropout statistics are significant—and quite discouraging. Young adults are walking away from the church. As one study put it, they are “leaving in droves.” (CNN quoting a Pew Research study) Kids who grew up actively involved in youth group are often not connected with church once they become young adults. Youth pastors and parents alike are bemoaning this trend, frequently with a Chicken Little, “the sky is falling” pessimism toward the church. It’s easy to develop a gloom and…

Why There Must Be
Factions Among Us

In every church, there are individuals who can cause disunity within the church body. Often leadership can become overwhelmed by those who fight among themselves over even petty church affairs. Many times this is the result of our own sinful hearts and fallen conditions. At other times, it may be the result of the tares that are sown in with the wheat. Paul was well aware that division cannot be entirely avoided. Until the Lord returns, there will always be…

Why You Will Join
The Wrong Church

I recently came across an article written by Sam Emadi which brought home for me the issue of contentment within the local Church body. He reported that he had read a New York Times article from 2016 that had nothing to do with politics, culture wars, or comic book movies. Instead, the most-read article of 2016 was all about commitment. In this article titled “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person,” it takes shots at our culture’s idea that the ultimate foundation…