Why Membership?

Some people think that the idea of church membership is outdated, too rigid or constraining, optional, or totally unnecessary. Yet David Platt says, “You cannot be a disciple of Christ and you cannot fully make disciples of Christ apart from total commitment to a local church.” And Matt Chandler explains that, “local church membership is a…

The Bible Project

I wanted to recommend a website that has impressed me recently as I have used some of their resources during my talks and in my devotions. It is called the Bible Project. At the website you will find animated videos on biblical themes, videos explaining each book of the Bible, and a Bible reading program…

Praying the Bible

I learned this prayer pattern years ago in a class I took from Donald Whitney on spiritual disciplines. Like no other discipline, prayer through the Bible in this way, especially using the Psalms, has been used by God to sustain and refresh my prayer life. The videos help people learn and practice the prayer pattern for…

Union with Christ – Emphasized Little Yet Vast In Scope

The theme of union with Christ may be the one of the most under-emphasized doctrines today. I recently asked a group I was teaching to raise their hands if they have ever heard a sermon or talk on union with Christ. Nothing! Yet as I have been studying this theme recently, I am increasingly convinced…

Do Ministers View Call to Ministry as Important?

Empirical research on leadership reveals that ministers place great significance on calling. This brief review will organize thoughts from ministry leaders about the importance of calling into three categories 1) calling in general, 2) the internal call to ministry, and 3) external calling. The Importance of Ministry Calling Recent research on pastoral development demonstrates the…

What is the Call to Ministry?

Scholars have defined and categorized the call to ministry in various ways. Jeff Iorg defines calling as a “profound impression from God that establishes parameters for your life.”[1] Iorg explains three types of call experiences as 1) the universal call to Christian service and growth, 2) the general call to ministry leadership, and 3) the…