This article outlines some of the cultural and philosophical challenges that ministers of the gospel can expect in time to come. It shows that the current generation is highly selective about the kinds of truths it is willing to receive. The church needs to be very clear on the story of the Bible, from creation to new creation, as well as its instruction on sexuality, and the exclusivity of the gospel.
This article emphasizes the responsibility of the pastor to teach and preach, and to be clear, specific, systematic, and comprehensive in doing so.
This article discusses the need for the pastor to help the congregation think theologically in order to grow in discernment and discipleship. He himself has to learn to discern the different levels of theological importance of doctrines, in order to give the congregation a sense of priority and discernment in this area.
This article explains how the pastor's calling is theological. The author shows from the New Testament, particularly Paul's letters to Timothy, that the reading, teaching, preaching, and study of Scripture are all inherently theological.
What did Paul mean when he said he was all things to all people? This article considers the challenge of the Christian witness today, in the face of unprecedented moral revolution. We are to bear witness to the gospel of Christ by holding on to all that the Bible instructs us to, and letting go of all that would undermine the truth of God's Word.
This chapter is about leadership in the church of Christ. The focus is on the importance of leaders having proper convictions and beliefs.
This chapter is about leadership in the church of Christ. The author’s emphasis is that wherever Christian leaders serve, their leadership should be driven by distinctively Christian convictions. Many leaders are good at change and organizational transformation, but they lack a centre of gravity in truth.
Why do some believe that homosexuality is not condemned in the Bible? This article evaluates three approaches that claim the Bible supports homosexuality, and shows how the church should respond.
Some contend that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. This article shows that this cannot be, since it is not possible to reject the Son and worship the Father.
It is one thing to accept that the sexual revolution is part of our culture, and another thing to know how this culture came up. This article looks at how urbanization, technology, and the weakening of family life contributed to the sexual revolution.
Can man live without God? This is the question posed by secularism. How should the church answer this question? The article explains that it is only through standing on God's truth that the church can answer the question.
Has the pulpit become an advice centre? Has the church lost the urgency of preaching? This article draws out the difference between preaching done out of the urgency Scripture and that which is based on populist mentality.
The Christian church confesses to standing on the authority of Scripture alone. This article discusses eight implications flowing from this conviction.
The article explains how the resurrection is at the heart of Christianity and the Christian life.
How has Western culture affected evangelism? This article explains that society's claim to the right to define all meaning for itself makes it a culture hostile and indifferent to evangelism. The author encourages the church to stay the course and remain faithful to the call to keep the gospel and person of Christ central in evangelism.
Convictional Christian leadership is defined by one's faith. And so if one's beliefs about God are not true, everything else will be warped by that false knowledge—and this is a huge problem in our culture when it then comes to leadership. A proper understanding of God will help one see that Christian leadership is an act of stewardship. This article explains aspects of the leader's stewardship.
Convictional Christian leadership is defined by one's faith. And so if one's beliefs about God are not true, everything else will be warped by that false knowledge—and this is a huge problem in our culture when it then comes to leadership. A proper understanding of the sovereignty of God will help one see that Christian leadership is an act of stewardship.
The article considers the threat posed by the worldview of posthumanism, a view that human beings should have the right to improve themselves in whatever way, especially scientific ways, such as genetics and genetic engineering. The article warns against this, noting that human beings must confine themselves to being image bearers of God.
Chapter 1 is a consideration of the theme of preaching Jesus and the gospel from the Old Testament. The author develops his theme by reflecting on John 5:31-47. In this text the importance of Scripture as a witness to the mission of Jesus Christ is unfolded. John refers also to other witnesses: John the Baptist, Jesus’ own works, and the Father. The author continues with a defence of the Old Testament as part of the Christian canon.
The author discusses the teachings that deny the virgin birth of Christ, identifying them as heretical. The author argues that Scripture witnesses sufficiently to the virgin birth.
The cults are "the unpaid bills of the church." By this statement, the author places some blame for the proliferation of cults today on the church's failure to answer some of the most pertinent questions of our day. When Christians appear to be unable to make their stand in some of the crucial matters of man's existence, the devil takes advantage.
The author reviews the publication by Steve Chalke and Alan Mann on their view of retributive justice. He rejects their views that the wrath of God and punishment have no place in the preaching of the gospel. The author emphasizes that the love of God is fully demonstrated in his giving his Son to die for us while we were yet sinners.