Restoring the New Testament church in the 21st century

Cessationist or Continualist?

| August 2, 2013

8:32 AM Are you a cessasionist or a continualist? I want to go on record and affirm that I am a passionate continualist. I believe we ought to continue the pattern of simple, radical, life-style evangelism begun in the book of Acts. After all, it worked for the early church. I believe we ought to […]

Worship, Service, and Mission

| July 14, 2013

9:06 AM My good friend Craig Bennett is back from a transforming retreat. He tells all in his latest post called Stripped away. Craig notes: I have to say that at this point in time, I am ruined for the lifestyle of traditional church. Our modern churches are too safe. They are too “ME” centered. […]

Of Christian Scholarship and Missions

| July 11, 2013

8:37 AM Good morning folks! Got time for a “missions moment”? I’ve been teaching fulltime now for some 36 years, beginning with my alma mater, Biola University in Southern California. But for the past several years I’ve also been a fulltime “missionary.” This is not merely a matter of semantics. By mediating scholarship and service, […]

Co-Opting God for Our Political Agendas

| May 31, 2013

6:04 AM Much is being written in the blogosphere these days about American exceptionalism, voting, military service, the pledge of allegiance, etc. The discussion reminds me of another conversation that took place between the 16th century Anabaptists and their Reformed forebears. (History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.) Perhaps I should tell you where […]

Was Timothy a Pastor?

| May 29, 2013

11:54 AM Last night I read a new book entitled Called to Lead by Anthony Robinson and Robert Wall. It’s a commentary on 1-2 Timothy. These are said to be “letters to a young pastor” (p. 4), and we are told that “These are a pastor’s letters to another pastor” (p. 5). Hence, “we who […]

The Doctrine of the Church: 8 Points

| May 14, 2013

4:48 AM Looking forward to our study of the doctrine of the church on Sunday mornings. Much of what we call “church” today originated, not in the New Testament, but in post-apostolic times. The Lord’s Supper has changed from a celebration to a ceremony. Worship has changed from participation to observation. Witness has changed from […]

Need an Interpreter

| March 10, 2013

8:12 AM When preachers use Greek from the pulpit, should someone be required to interpret (see 1 Cor. 14:26-32)? A preacher, for example, might etymologize. “The Greek word here [name the word] is composed of two roots [name them in Greek], the first meaning ____ and the second meaning ____; hence the word means ______.” […]

The Banner of the Cross above All Other Flags

| February 28, 2013

Recently PBS published a story called Colorado Springs Evangelicals. The new head of Focus on the Family is interviewed in depth. His goal? To engage the culture without becoming “wrapped around the axle of politics.” He is so right about this! The bottom of the bottom line is simply this: politics and religion don’t mix. […]

On Hermeneutics and Praxis

| February 14, 2013

5:46 PM Good Wednesday evening to you, thoughtful bloggers! I’ve been preparing for my course on hermeneutics at Odessa Theological Seminary next month in Ukraine. For what it’s worth, I’ve been jotting down some initial thoughts about hermeneutics. I’m calling them “Tentative Tenets of a Course in Hermeneutics.” I want to be clear that I’m […]

Missions Strategy

| February 11, 2013

9:35 AM Working on a “missions strategy”? I’ve got a few practical suggestions: 1) Rely solely on the Holy Spirit. Not your missions textbook or the latest fad in missiology. The early church had a secret for its success: It was Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. They were guided by God. 2) Be flexible. The Holy Spirit […]