Children’s Ministry and the Church

I know everyone has their specific talents and abilities and skills that are given by God to be used for His glory. Over the years, I’ve developed my musical abilities, my people skills, and my speaking. My musical abilities have afforded me the opportunity to do a little bit of professional singing while in college. The way I interact with people (my wife is much better than I) has helped me in ministry to build relationships with little to no effort. And my speaking has given me the opportunity to preach and teach which is a little bit of work for this introverted soul. But among … Continue reading Children’s Ministry and the Church

Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

NOTE: This book review was written for the Helwys Society Forum.   “For too long, YFM (Youth and Family Ministry) has suffered from pragmatic solutions to eternal problems,” concludes Talbot. For the past forty years, the goal of youth ministry has been to gain students through entertainment. The time has come for a reformation and a remodeling of youth ministry. In Remodeling Youth Ministry, Christopher Talbot does an exceptional job of communicating the need to return to a Biblical model for youth ministry. About the Author Talbot teaches Youth and Family Ministry and serves as campus pastor at Welch College. He is Pastor of Youth and … Continue reading Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

Book Review: Praying the Bible

“ Why don’t the people of God enjoy prayer more?” asks Whitney, “ I maintain that people – truly born-again, genuinely Christian people – often do not pray simply because they do not feel like it. And the reason they don’t feel like praying is that when they do pray, they tend to say the same old things about the same old things.” [1] In Donald S. Whitney’s, Praying the Bible, we gain clear insight into the reasoning behind most Christian’s unsatisfactory life of communion with God – they pray the same old things about the same old things. This characteristic of believer’s prayer lives is … Continue reading Book Review: Praying the Bible

Should We Teach Youth Theology?

I’ve often heard people say when speaking of youth ministry, that we need to dumb down our teaching to the level of competency of our youth. And really the only area in which this applies is teaching our students. I want to be clear. I’m not writing this with an attitude of arrogance or a plan to go and teach biblical ecclesiology to our children’s church next Sunday. I do understand that there are some limitations to teaching theology – but they may not be the limits we think. Theology is defined by the Church as “the study of God.” In my opinion, this is too much of … Continue reading Should We Teach Youth Theology?

2 Ways Entertainment Can Help Your Ministry

This post is a response to the previous post I wrote a couple of weeks ago named “2 Reasons Entertainment Doesn’t Work in Ministry.” In all fairness, I wanted to get the negative out of the way before showing the positive. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I wanted the reader to understand my philosophy of ministry specifically dealing with using entertainment to draw people to the church and ultimately to Christ. Secondly, I wanted to give some insights into this philosophy. I’m convinced there are many people who give reasons why they do or do not support something, yet they never go … Continue reading 2 Ways Entertainment Can Help Your Ministry

NOT of Works – So No Man Can Boast

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” In the earlier parts of chapter 2, Paul was conveying to the Ephesian church the condition of their hearts and souls before they were radically regenerated. He used the metaphor “dead in trespasses and sins.” Paul is explaining to the church at Ephesus that they were spiritually dead before they were saved. And this spiritual deadness was not a product of anything they had done; it was their nature that made them spiritually … Continue reading NOT of Works – So No Man Can Boast

Why Discipleship Matters

I’ve discovered a new passion: discipleship. I know this seems a bit trivial, or maybe a bit cliché, because anyone can say “I am passionate about discipleship.” For the past year or so, I have not had discipleship escape my thoughts. I have not been able to get away from it. Recently I’ve written on “What Discipleship Is” and “What Discipleship is Not” and never written on why there is a necessity for discipleship. For this post, I want to examine three reasons for the necessity of discipleship in your local church. 1) Discipleship is Biblical It is critical to note this point of reference before … Continue reading Why Discipleship Matters

Mansions? Really?

John 14 gives us a great plethora of words for us to ponder upon. I’ve heard this passage preached expositionally through the Gospel of John, we have these words in our hymns of the Free Will Baptist church, and I’ve heard them at funerals. These words of John 14 are of great comfort and peace. However, I believe these words are the most contextual regarding the second coming of Christ. John 14 comes after John 13 (funny how that works!) and in John 13 we see Judas Iscariot given over to the devil to betray Jesus (13:2), Jesus acknowledging the uncleanliness of Judas Iscariot (13:10), Jesus … Continue reading Mansions? Really?

Book Review: Growing Up

“The very first disciples – the twelve hand-picked by Jesus Himself – were part of a group. This is the model that Jesus, the architect of discipleship, established for us to follow.” Gallaty’s work on discipleship is a reputable, applicable resource for every pastor and church leader. Simply put, it is one of the best discipleship resources of our time. Not because of its applicability but because each and every word is bathed in the Scriptures. Although Gallaty has received several higher educational degrees, his writing is very practical and understandable to the pastor or the lay leader. Gallaty’s main point is this: true, committed followers … Continue reading Book Review: Growing Up