Growing a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic church is no simple task. But it is one that is crucial to the advancing of God’s kingdom. It is just as critical as a witness to the world and to larger church. In other words, this is about more than us! A few years ago, my wife and I purchased […]
One thing emphasized by the leaders of the Gospel Alliance is the desire to be known for what it stands for rather than what it is against. Choosing to be for something, however, always results in rejecting other choices or options. This idea of saying “yes” to something resulting in saying “no” to other things […]
When should I stop loving my son? I ask, because I know people who live with a constant anxiety that God will stop loving us. They seem to think that our relationship with God turns on and off like a light switch, with God’s love responding to our own fickle affections. If God’s love as […]
Lately, I’ve been reading an incredible book by John Teter titled, The Power of the 72, Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism. John’s goals for this book is to 1) provide a clear theological foundation for evangelism and the call to first preach the gospel to the poor; 2) present his theory of process conversion which […]
Shift One: Operating Out of the True-Self A number of years ago, Richard Foster penned these words in his book The Celebration of Discipline: “Superficiality is the curse of our age…The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” The same can be said […]
Greetings Gospel Alliance. I am tasked to write on matters of diversity and inclusion, but felt compelled to write on an issue that is very serious, significant and important. I submit this blog very humbly recognizing that there are many who could write on this topic more winsomely and substantively than I. However, this is […]
Jesus’ Plan to “Power-Up” (Part 3) This is the third in our series about the power of the Holy Spirit in life and ministry. View Part 1 View Part 2 Meet Ken, a pastor, and a mentor of mine. A seminary graduate in the reformed tradition, Ken had little previous instruction on Jesus’ plan for empowerment. But, […]
This is the second of a three-part series about experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit for life and ministry, aka baptism and filling of the Spirit, from a fresh perspective. View Part 1 Foolishly, without really thinking it all through, I decided to run a marathon – 26.2 miles. Not that I hadn’t been […]
Over the years I have heard my share of comments about how churches are only interested in “numbers.” While I have never overheard a Christian pastor actually say their goal is successful numbers, I have heard pastors say numbers matter. I agree. The Bible is riddled with numbers: number of days spoken at creation, the […]
The Gospel Alliance’s distinctive that “the Church solemnizes a marital union between a man and a woman to reflect the covenantal love of Christ and His Church” is not calling for any sort of change in church teaching or practice, but rather reflects a desire for the church to stay in step with its historic […]
The Gospel Alliance’s distinctive that “the Church solemnizes a marital union between a man and a woman to reflect the covenantal love of Christ and His Church” is not calling for any sort of change in church teaching or practice, but rather reflects a desire for the church to stay in step with its historic and global teachings, as Preston Sprinkle so clearly discussed at the Gospel Alliance Gathering in his talk on Marital Union (see video of his talk here).
While some believe that a change in this doctrine would help the witness of the church moving forward, closer examination of churches that have changed their belief on this issue points the opposite way. Back in 2015, Time magazine featured a story about a large evangelical church in Nashville called GracePointe that changed its position on sexuality so that marriage was no longer viewed as exclusively between one man and one woman. As recently reported, since this announcement the church has seen a great decrease in size, with over half of its congregation leaving (many of their members and leaders seem to have left immediately). They are now selling their building to another church that holds to the historic teaching of the church concerning marriage and sexuality.
Deviating from the teaching that churches throughout time and across the world and theological spectrum have affirmed has not led to mission and multiplication, but rather division and decline. If we want to see the gospel move forward and change lives in our community and world, we need to be stay faithful to the teachings of Scripture that the church has held.