I live in Waverly, NY, which sits right on the New York – Pennsylvania state border. Rarely a day goes by in which I don’t cross into Pennsylvania for one reason or another. I am also a Canadian citizen and with most of my family still living there, at least once or twice a year, […]Read More In Essentials Unity, in Non-Essentials Liberty, in All Things Charity
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew and then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: […]Read More Not Ashamed
Several years ago I attended a one-day pastors conference in Columbus, Ohio. The featured speaker was a pastor from Florida whose church numbered well over 10,000 people. As the day progressed, I grew more and more concerned. This pastor taught church growth principles while sprinkling in some stories along the way, but any biblical content […]Read More Is All Truth Really God’s Truth?
I recently listened to a sermon by John MacArthur called How to Recognize a Real Church. Here is a sampling of it: “One of my friends recently wrote a little article pointing out that the church is indicted repeatedly today as a failure–the church has failed. Look at the world; that’s evidence of the church’s […]Read More The Only Way The Church Can Fail
For several months now, our adult Sunday school class has been working through the book of Isaiah. One of our elders, John Sensenig, has been our tour guide through this grand Old Testament book. Currently, we are in chapter 32, which means we are almost midway through (a total of 66 chapters). In addition, our […]Read More An Invitation to Study the Prophets
Two Key Scripture Verses: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk […]Read More What is Baptism?
James 3:1 tells us, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” Teaching in the church is not open to the masses. Only those who have a clear calling from God should venture down this path. James’ reasoning is simple – […]Read More A Warning For Teachers
The tenth commandment reads as follows: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s” (Exodus 20:17). This is simple enough to understand – don’t envy your neighbor for what […]Read More Pastoral Envy
When we think of evangelism often what comes to mind is a particular technique or method to share the gospel with those around us. These methods tend to come and go, with some enduring longer than others. I like the method found in John 9 with the blind man. He simply said, “I was blind, […]Read More Are We Neglecting Something in Our Evangelistic Efforts?
Church members are Christians. Church members help other members persevere in the faith. “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13) Church members help each other be fruitful. “And let us consider how to stir one […]Read More Understanding Church Membership