Words of Wisdom from Pastors with Tenure (Part 2)
Apr13

Words of Wisdom from Pastors with Tenure (Part 2)

A 2011 Lifeway Research poll found that the average tenure for pastors in a local church is 3.6 years. Some have suggested that the number may be higher. Nevertheless, pastors who stay at a given church for ten, twenty, thirty, or more years are a rare occurrence. Yet the pastors that we tend to admire the most are those who have stayed at and labored in a single local church for an extended period of time. Furthermore, some...

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Words of Wisdom from Pastors with Tenure (Part 1)
Apr10

Words of Wisdom from Pastors with Tenure (Part 1)

A 2011 Lifeway Research poll found that the average tenure for pastors in a local church is 3.6 years. Some have suggested that the number may be higher. Nevertheless, pastors who stay at a given church for ten, twenty, thirty, or more years are a rare occurrence. Yet the pastors that we tend to admire the most are those who have stayed at and labored in a single local church for an extended period of time. Furthermore, some...

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Destroyer of the gods: A Review
Feb06

Destroyer of the gods: A Review

Early Christians were strange people in the eyes of Roman citizens. That was due in large part to their distinctive practices. Larry Hurtado,[1] in his newest book Destroyer of the gods (Baylor University Press, 2016), presents a fascinating, two-fold argument. First, he contends that early Christian worship practices were markedly different from all other Roman religions, cults, and philosophical societies. Second, Hurtado argues...

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A Brief Exploration of General Baptist Origins
Nov07

A Brief Exploration of General Baptist Origins

by Jesse Owens Where did Baptists come from? Some have speculated they have always existed in some place or another since the time of John the Baptist. Others have contended that Baptists’ origins lay in the European Anabaptist movement of the sixteenth century. Still others have maintained that the Baptists sprung from the English Puritan and Separatist movements in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Baptists have at...

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Carl F. H. Henry on the Christian Stake in Legislation
Oct11

Carl F. H. Henry on the Christian Stake in Legislation

How should the Church address social issues today? Writing in the 1960’s, Carl F. H. Henry provides us with a framework to think through this essential question. His words on why the Church should address rulers and the public on the theme of proper social principles remain applicable to this day: Even though the Church is not arbitrarily to impose a theology of society, forcing its ideals upon the world, it needs to do more than...

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