Redefine or Rediscover Church Membership

I have watched with great interest (and concern) at the evolution of "church membership" over the years. This obviously is seasoned with my own personal experiences, from an early background attending (and technically a "member" of) the Episcopal Church while growing up, to various excursions into differing faith groups - and ultimately being redeemed, baptized, … Continue reading Redefine or Rediscover Church Membership

Church Membership? (why should I join?)

There are many misconceptions today about many areas of Christianity.  There is even a movement among some Christian groups away from a “formal” church membership.  The New Testament never mentions the term (in any translation I am familiar with) “church member”, but the attitude with which Paul writes to the various churches and to Timothy … Continue reading Church Membership? (why should I join?)

Churches, Pastors, and a Problem

Biblically, we see in the New Testament, elders/pastors basically appointed by the faithful to lead local congregations. Those men were entrusted with "feeding" Christ's sheep. They were appointed to be leaders who literally ran the affairs of each local church. Church members (saints) were expected, so long as that elder/pastor remained qualified and faithful to the work, to submit to their authority, and to serve along side them willingly and with joy in the Kingdom work.

US Elections and Divisions Among Brethren

As I sit here trying to engage fully in prayer and study, I find my self flooded with tears. Certainly there is plenty to grieve when it comes to the condition of our nation - the hatred, the resurgence of politician and media-fueled (even engineered) racism, the ongoing holocaust of abortion, and of course - … Continue reading US Elections and Divisions Among Brethren

How to Discourage Your Pastor (Or Even Kill Your Church)

Jesus promised that the "gates of Hell" won't prevail against His church, but someone once opined "Satan couldn't beat the church, so he joined it". While this might be a bit melodramatic  it does sadly portray what has become of "church" in so many ways - whether it be the world coming in and turning the … Continue reading How to Discourage Your Pastor (Or Even Kill Your Church)

Immorality Destroying the Church

Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church:      It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife.  And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.For though absent in body, … Continue reading Immorality Destroying the Church

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail…But what about Apathy?

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18"I will build my church, and <span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)">the gates of <span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)">hell shall not prevail against it."But what exactly did Jesus mean by that?  The common interpretation is that the church that Jesus built in His earthly ministry would not succumb to Satan's attacks - … Continue reading The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail…But what about Apathy?