This article addresses some topics relating to the rapture. It argues that the salvation of "all Israel" as mentioned in Romans 11:26 is the salvation of the entire church of Christ. It also discusses the controversy between Jews and Samaritans, and how some regard it as existing today in the battle between Jews and Muslims.
Here are five common rookie pastor mistakes: having high expectations of the church, failing to embrace the church's uniqueness, invoking pastoral authority without earning pastoral credibility, mistaking preference for conviction, and showing fear or anger in the face of opposition.
How should a pastor balance his time between his family and ministry? This article considers what the Bible prioritizes, and encourages pastors to reckon with how much ministry they can handle.
This article explains that hospitality provides to a broken world an open window of God’s hospitality toward us. Very often people hear the gospel by seeing it in action in Christians, particularly in their homes. In the early church the home was a crucial place for the spread of the faith, and it remains an important setting for building relationships. The church in the Western world needs to rediscover the value of hospitality for the visualizing of the call of the gospel. The article provides some helpful hints for hosting neighbours.
This article shows how hospitality was a way of life in early Christian households. Hospitality is the gospel in action, a way of showing that God has received us in his grace. The article considers the various biblical commands to practice hospitality, pointing out that each command is set in the context of love. It goes on to focus on hospitality as an important qualification for the office of elder, and is of great value in shepherding the flock.
Why should Christians show hospitality? This article explores this question by showing that the story of the Bible is the story of God’s hospitality toward us. It speaks of a table of fellowship once given, lost, then restored, to God’s people. Food and the table are a unifying theme in Scripture, and this article gives a sense of how this is so, and its relevance for how we may show practical grace in hospitality.
This article shows that the Bible is bold to use sarcasm where the situation called for it. However, this article also surveys church history to show how the use of sarcasm can go wrong.