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The Church

15 Questions for Evolutionists
Author: Don Batten

If your church sill believes in divine creation, this document will be of great use to your youth ministry (if not your outreach ministry as well).

Download the tract from: http://creation.com/images/pdfs/flyers/15-questions-for-evolutionists-a4.pdf

Alpha Course
Author: Chris Hand
Is the popular Alpha Course leading people astray? Closer examination of Alpha prevents the giving of a clean bill of health to it. Why this concern? There are six vital reasons we would like to bring to your attention…

An Investigation of The Development of the Cell Church Concept in The Western Cape
Author: Tucker, Arthur Roger
Doctoral thesis on cell church concept in South Africa.

Articles & Questions On Administration and Organization of a Church.
Articles on church administration from Bible.org.

Beyond Evangelical
Author: Frank Viola
Our mission is to produce unique content for Christians as it pertains to God’s all-consuming purpose, the depths of Jesus Christ, and the expression of His body on the earth. Themes that are of particular interest to those who are moving beyond evangelical…

Business or ministry?
Author: Crown Financial Ministries
A business sells a product and makes a profit. A ministry serves a function that cannot be done at a profit …

Christian Persecution Info
Are you aware that the persecution of Christians worldwide is reaching New Testament levels? Perhaps even in your homeland?

Christian psychology
Is Christian psychology Christian?

Christians and the Sabbath:
Author: Chuck Missler
Many Christians still remain uncomfortable over the issue of the Sabbath day. Observing Sunday as a memorial of the resurrection of our Lord is our traditional day of worship, and yet many are disturbed over this issue…

Church Discipline
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
Though church discipline is a very difficult area of doctrine and one hard to practice, it nevertheless rests upon the divine authority of Scripture and is vital to the purity, power, progress, and purpose of the church…

Church Life: So Much More Than Sunday Morning
Author: Michael Weeks
The author compares how we “do church” with church in the days of the apostles. Don’t read if you don’t want to be challenged!

Common Assaults on the Gospel
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
Our message is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the message of salvation through His person and work. That sounds simple enough, but it is not nearly as simple as it sounds. The simple message, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved,” has been assaulted from early on…

Crisis of the Word or A Message to Pastors and Would-Be Pastors (2 Timothy 2:15)
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
By my count, there are twenty-seven explicit commands given in the body of this letter. In 27 words Paul tells pastors what to focus on. You have to be blind to miss the thrust of Paul’s instructions here, because eighteen of those commands—fully two-thirds—have to do with the ministry of the Word…

Critical Concerns for Pastoral Ministry (1 Timothy 1:3-7)
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
Life is obviously filled with critical concerns and no place is this more evident than in the pastoral responsibilities God has entrusted to the leadership of church. In view of Paul’s warnings in 2 Timothy 3 regarding the increase of apostasy in the last days and what we are seeing today in the church, Paul’s instructions to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:3-7 are tremendously significant.

Crown Financial Ministries
Articles on church and Christian finances.

Current Crises Facing Christianity
Author: Michael Spencer/Michael Vlach
Two takes on the problems facing today’s Church…

Deacons and the Leadership of the Church
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
This essay is a position paper arguing that deacons should be a part of the leadership of a mature or large church. It has three parts: inductive biblical study, conclusions from the biblical investigation, and practical suggestions for today’s church.

Discipleship Overview
Author: Hampton Keathley IV
In a church questionnaire for the men’s group, men were asked if they would like to be mentors or be discipled. When the results came back, many men wanted to be discipled, but very few men volunteered to be mentors. Many people are reluctant to take on the job of mentoring or discipling..

Ecumenism Articles
A resource containing links to articles on Eucanism.
(The unification of Christian churches, One World Religion or the unholy blend of politics and religion?)

Emergent or Divergent? When Doubt Becomes a Virtue
Author: Tim Cantrell
Critique of the Emergent Church.

Free Christian Music
This website has the largest collection of free christian music on the web. The music on the site, MP3’s, chord charts, sheet music, lyrics, midi… are offered freely with full permission from the copyright holders.

House Church Central
HCC is non-denominational and an effort is made to accommodate Christians of many backgrounds. The house church movement is an attempt to get away from the institutional church, seeking instead to return to the small gatherings of peoples that constituted all of the churches of the New Testament era.

Group – Youth Ministry Magazine
Group Magazine is packed with practical information and insightful ideas to help you impact teenager’s lives. You’ll get cutting edge advice and mentoring from today’s youth ministry experts to help your ministry thrive.

House Church Movement Keeps Growing
Author: Koinia House
There is no place like home, at least for some Christians. In recent years the number of home-based churches and small group fellowships in the United States has risen exponentially. In January, Barna Research, found that about 11.5 million American adults – a full five percent -, say they attend a “house church…

In Plain Site
Whether you think you are a Christian, or are a dyed in the wool atheist, don’t know what you believe or don’t really care, the purpose of this site is to challenge a lost and dying world and a church that, for the most part, has wandered so far from the truth to be rendered not only ineffectual, but equally lost.

Is Sunday School Theological Child Abuse?
Author: Paul Tyson
Theologian Paul Tyson challenges us to rethink the place of children in the church… and opens up a can of worms. Beth Barnett (Baptist Union of Victoria Children and Families Facilitator) responds. A very relevant article!

Leadership in the Church
Author: Paul Winslow
You probably would not detect any difference between  leadership in the church versus leadership in any business; so I decided to search the Scripture to find out is leadership different in God’s Kingdom, and if so, how different? There are leaders; but the leaders are not “over” someone, they are not lording it over in positions of responsibility. Rather, the leaders serve, from underneath…

Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths
Author: PEW Research
The religious beliefs and practices of Americans (South Africans too?) do not fit neatly into conventional categories. A new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions. Many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology etc…

Marks of Maturity: Biblical Characteristics of a Christian Leader
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
This is one of the most lacking elements in the church today and the qualities of spiritual maturity are so determinative to the life of the church and society as a whole…

May Women be Deacons? A Prelude to Dialogue
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
This paper is written in response to some questions from friends of the Biblical Studies Foundation web site. The opinion expressed here is developed from an inductive study of the New Testament text. I welcome any and all responses. My one desire is that we serve the church of Jesus Christ with integrity, grounding all that we do on the Word.

Ministrymaker
Ministrymaker offers support, encouragement, counsel, church consultation, and ministry tools to pastors, church planters and Christians from around the globe. Many are in the process of starting a church or attempting to strengthen an existing ministry, while others are simply seeking help to grow in their faith

“My People Perish” The Biblically Illiterate Church
Can it be said of churches today that they have a program in place to insure that the membership comes to know the entire Bible thoroughly in, say, five years? The Number One calling of the church is to communicate a full, well-rounded body of Biblical knowledge to each generation.

On Preaching and Teaching
Author: Lambert Dolphin
Most modern Sunday morning sermons are apparently modeled after Greek Oratory and bear little resemblance to the in-depth expository teaching of the Bible one would have found in the early church prior to Constantine. This is clearly not the same as feeding people the living and active Word of God…

Permanent Relevance
Author: Tim Cantrell
Strangely, relevance can elude those who pursue it hardest. Churches that chase after relevance end up having little lasting impact on society. In his insightful book, Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance, Os Guinness notes: “After two hundred years of earnest dedication to reinventing the faith and the church and to being more relevant in the world, we are confronted by an embarrassing fact: Never have Christians pursued relevance more strenuously; never have Christians been more irrelevant.”

Tithing Is Not A Christian Doctrine
Author:Russel Kelly
A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine!

Qualifications for the Evaluation of Elders and Deacons
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
Because leadership is always so determinative on the well being and spiritual growth of the body of Christ, one of the first things the Apostle Paul saw to was the appointment of elders in every church…

Rediscovering the Body of Christ, Part I: What is The Church of Jesus Christ?
Author: Lambert Dolphin
What in the world is the church? An article that outlines an understanding of the nature of the church as it was supposed to be; past present and future.

Rediscovering the Body of Christ, Part II: The Decline of the Church
Author: Lambert Dolphin
In Part I of this article, written 3 years ago, I outlined my understanding of the nature of the church as it was supposed to be. This article covers several topics that were left out and moves on to include some suggestions for reforms in today\’s churches.

Sabbath Observing Denominations — Sabbath Churches
Below is a list of over 500 Sabbath keeping Churches of all different denominations. Many say that Sabbath keeping is legalism but legalism is something you do to earn your way to heaven. The hundreds of different Sabbath keeping Churches that know the blessings of keeping God’s Sabbath do not keep the day to earn entrance into the kingdom but keep the day because they love God with all their heart, soul and might…

The Church at the End of the Age— And What to Do About It
Author: Lambert Dolphin
Jesus announced the calling out of a new believing community, the church, on the occasion of Peter’s testimony of faith in the Lord Jesus at Caesarea Philippi, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) Incidentally, Jesus was here speaking of the church prevailing in an offensive, not a defensive posture.

The Black Swan Effect
Author: Felicity Dale
Several years ago, recognizing that the role of a woman in leadership is often a lonely one, six women began meeting via conference call as a means of peer-mentoring. Our conversation frequently turned to the challenges women face…

Sacrifice Sunday
Author: Lambert Dolphin
Check-up! Are you living by N T grace or by O T law (legalism)? Don’t be too sure…

The Church in Crisis: A Postmodern Reader
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
The evangelical church is in a crisis today. Some see it as teetering on a precipice, its demise merely decades away unless severe counter-measures are taken. The overt pragmatism, separation of “religious truth” from “real truth,” and marginalization of the Lordship of Christ and the authority of scripture…

The Dangers and Delights of Postmodernism
Author: D. A. Carson
Informed Christians will neither idolize nor demonize either postmodernism or modernism. Both are founded on profoundly idolatrous assumptions. And both make some valuable observations that, when they are properly integrated into a more biblically faithful frame of reference, enable us to reflect fruitfully on the world in which we live.

The Church is not a Business
Author: Keith Drury
The trouble is the church is not a business. It ought to be run with sound financial practices and we ought to be efficient and care about effectiveness, but there are crucial differences between business and the church. We have to make a “translation” of these nifty business fads before we can bring them over into the church. Here are a few of these differences to get your thinking started…

The Dangers of the Alpha Course
Author: Various authors
A woman has walked out of her church and is holding services in her living room, because she says she cannot bring herself to “snort like a pig and bark like a dog” on a Church of England course. Angie Golding, 50, claims she was denied confirmation unless she signed up for the Alpha course, which she says is a “brainwashing” exercise where participants speak in tongues, make animal noises and then fall over…

The Emerging Church
Author: D. A. Carson
At the heart of the Emergent Church movement-or as some of its leaders prefer to call it, the “conversation”-lies the conviction that changes in the culture signal that a new church is “emerging.”

Look Out, Here Comes the Gen-X Church
…Generation X Christians are radically changing the church, according to Discipling A Whole Nation, an international church-planting ministry. The generation of 18 to 35-year-olds, less concerned about structure and hierarchy, are disconnected from traditional churches and starting small, informal fellowships, the ministry reported.

The Lord’s Supper and the Competing Agendas of Luke 22
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
The importance and meaning of the Lord’s Supper as a time of worship and fellowship was highlighted or intensified by the events and many competing agendas that surrounded it…

The Measure of a New Testament Church
Author: Bob Deffinbaugh
What is a New Testament Church?

The Pastor’s Wife
Author: Janice Hildreth.
Encouragement and resources for women married to ministers.

The Pastor’s Helper
Author: Barry L. Davis
Sermon website with Power point slides.

The Oberlin Statement: Christian unity as viewed by the Orthodox Church (1975)
Statement of the Representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church in USA at the North American Faith and Order Study Conference, Oberlin, Ohio, September 3-10, 1957.

The Remnant Church; Is it one Church or many groups?
The book of Revelation speaks of the end times and the true people of God, a Remnant Church which Satan will make war against. Satan will come against the remnant Church with everything and anyone he can use.

Theophilus’ World
Author: Bob West
Clever Christian cartoons: Grow with Theophilus as he changes from a “church member” to one who is truly devoted to Jesus and follows wherever he leads.

The Truth for Free
Author: Dave Yeubanks
Site for discussion of institutional church, house church and “back to the early church” models.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
Author: Jonathan Edwards
The resolutions that Edwards read once every week to keep his mind on his duty before God

Tithes And Offerings In The South African Context
Author: Reuben van Rensburg
Giving to the church in the South African context.

Tithing is Unscriptural Under the New Covenant [A Scriptural Exposition on the Fraudulent Fleecing of the Flock]
Author: L Ray Smith
Abraham never tithed on his own personal property or livestock. Jacob wouldn’t tithe until God blessed him first. Only Levite priests could collect tithes, and there are no Levite priests today. Only food products from the land were tithable.Money was never a tithable commodity. Christian converts were never asked to tithe anything to the Church.Tithing in the Church first appears centuries after completion of the Bible.

To Tithe or not to Tithe?
Author: Val Boyle
A Study on New Testament giving, with reference to Tithing. (It needs to be established at the very outset here that this study does not teach against Christians giving into the work of God. It is about how they give – whether spontaneously, or by compulsion.)

Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (S A Site)
This is your doorway into an exciting coalition of friends and servants of the Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.  At the dawn of the Third Millennium, we face the urgent necessity of equipping two million pastoral leaders! They have responded to God’s call on their lives – they are gifted – but many lack adequate ministerial training. These servants are pastoring millions of believers in Africa, Asia, the former Soviet Union and Latin America.

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Warning signs of a destructive cult
Do you know someone in a destructive cult? Anyone could attack a group they disagree with by unfairly labelling it a destructive cult. How would you know whether it really were such a cult or not …

When did evangelicals get popes?
Author: Matt Marino
The big trend in American evangelicalism: the multi-site church. It promises to leverage the teaching acumen (not to mention star power) of big name preachers to extend the Kingdom of God. Has anyone stopped and asked, “What in God’s name are we doing?”Think about it – we started the Reformation over one man having too much authority in the Church, yet today hundreds of thousands meet in “multi-site” video venues watching preachers like Mark Driscoll or Craig Groeschel or Perry Noble in a box.

World Council Of Churches
An in depth look at the World Council of Churches. This is NOT a council of purely Christian churches, it includes “New Age” and all kinds of strange beliefs in it’s councils..

Church History

Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha and Sacred Writings
The mandate of the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha is to develop and publish electronic editions of the best critical texts of the “Old Testament” Pseudepigrapha and related literature.

The Newton Papers – a collection of Newton
Author: Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton is  most famous for his scientific discoveries, Newton also wrote commentaries on Daniel and Revelation.Now, 7500 pages of Newton’s original handwritten papers and letters have been digitized by Israel’s national library and placed online…

African Christianity – a history of the Christian church in Africa
Author: Niel Lettinga
On-line material from a bachelor’s course on African Christianity. An excellent introduction to the history of Christianity in Africa from the earliest time up to tody.

Bible Research
This site is for Bible students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture. [This is a brilliant site covering all aspects of theology.]

Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Perhaps the largest resource for early Christian documents. The of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars.

Christian History for Everyman
Author: Paul Pavao
This is a site that presents articles on Christian history in a manner that is easy for anyone to understand. It really is for everyone, rather than for academics and is recommended for Christians who would like to know more about the history of thier faith.

Christian History Institute
Primary sources, study material, books and videos related to Christian history.

Church Councils
Councils are legally convened assemblies of ecclesiastical dignitaries and theological experts for the purpose of discussing and regulating matters of church doctrine and discipline. This is a list of Councils through the ages with links to articles on each council.

Codex Sinaiticus
The Codex Sinaiticus Project

Didach resources
Various translations of the Didache as well as online resources for the Didache.

Early Church Fathers – Additional Texts
Author: Roger Pearse ed
These English translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 39 volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.

Early Church Fathers Collection – searchable
Free fully searchable download of the complete early church fathers collection in WinHelp Format or Microsoft HTML Help Format.

Early Church Fathers: Ante and Post Nicene
Writings of the early Church Fathers. Read or download in many formats.

English Bible History
The fascinating story of how we got the Bible in its present form actually starts thousands of years ago, and the first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380’s AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian…

Fire and Ice
Puritan and Reformed writings.

Great Commission Illustrated (GCI) Books & Photos
(Presentations, Historic Site/Museum Photo Albums, & Books.

Guide to Early Church Documents
Author: John Brubaker and Gary Bogar
Pointers to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.

History of the Christian Church By Philip Schaff
Author: Phillip Schaff
This in undoubtedly the best history of the church currently on the web. Read online or download. Whole content may be downloaded as a zip file.

Lost, Forgotten Books and Ancient Sacred Texts
Although not considered canon, these ancient texts are part of the heritage of Judaism and Christianity.

Manners and customs of ancient times
From agriculture and altars to woman’s hair and yokes – an encyclopaedia of the manners and customs of biblical times.

Online Christian Library – Downloadable Christian Classics
A Christian Online Referral Services Library Project Sponsored by Northwestern Theological Seminary
and Northwestern Christian University

St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen.
Author: William Mitchell Ramsay
Ramsay wrote this book to tell the story of Paul’s life as it was documented in the Book of Acts. Before Ramsay begins his study of Paul’s life, he discusses the date, composition, and authorship of Acts. St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen contains an excellent study of the Book of Acts as well as of Paul’s life and travels in first century Asia, Greece, and Rome.

The Canons of Dort (The Synod of Dordrecht)
The Canons of the Synod of Dordt constituted the Reformation’s official reply to the Remonstrants (followers of Arminius).

The Hall of Church History
Articles on and links to church history and the history of denominations.

Truth or Tradition
Evangelicals pride themselves on “Scripture Alone”. But how many of our beliefs are actually Scriptural and how many are simply “The traditions of the fathers” (Matt 15:3-9)? Don’t visit this site unless you have the spiritual honesty to want to know the truth!

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Missions

Baptism and the Muslim Convert to Christianity
Author: Azar Ajaj
A Muslim man, Ali, comes seeking baptism. How should Pastor Nader balance his responsibilities as a pastor to the man seeking baptism with the safety of the small,local Christian community?

Ethnic Harvest
A website to inspire and equip you for cross-cultural ministry.

Missions time line
Christian mission history: Important events, locations, people and movements in World Evangelism; a chronology of Church history from the perspective of the expansion of Christianity. The site also has a section on missions history.

Operation Mobilisation International
OM has ten key areas by which we focus our work around the world and fulfil our mission. OM mobilises the Church to share the knowledge of Jesus and His love with every generation in every nation. OM pioneers and leads initiatives to redeem lives, rebuild communities and restore hope in over 110 countries.

Redefining Missions for the 21st Century
Author: Howard Brant
At this present time, our world is changing more rapidly than at any time in world history. Some of the most dynamic shifts are taking place in the spiritual landscape of our world as well. As we come into the 21st Century with all its changes and challenges, there is an underlying sense that traditional missions will have to change in order to remain effective

SEND International
SEND International is an evangelical missions organization committed to mobilize God’s people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches.

Short Term Missions
Discover and inquire about mission opportunities offered from 107 organizations…

The Indigenous Church and Why the Missionary Can’t Establish One
Author: David M. Williams
… Unless a missionary can become fully bicultural they will always remain an outsider. They cannot determine or dictate the forms that the people will use…

The Joshua Project
Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups with the least followers of Jesus Christ.

What is contextual theology?
Author: Chris Ridgeway
To speak of contextual theology today typically calls to mind one of two possible approaches to theology and culture, distinguishable by both their roots and their intention…

Child Theology

Child Theology Movement
In Child Theology, we are invited to take good note of the child in the midst as we think about, for, to, from and with God in Christ. As we do that, we expect our theology to change for the better. In Child Theology, we embark afresh on the journey with Christ into the open secret of God in the world.

Child Theology: Five ways to be a child-friendly church
Can you imagine a church that is truly child-friendly? Whose ministry involves children and teenagers capable of being change agents? What was your experience in the church as a child? What can we learn from children?

The ABC of Child Theology
Author: Keith J. White
This series of short articles is designed to introduce the subject of Child Theology to pastors and church leaders to whom it is a completely new idea. Jesus put a child in the centre of the disciples when they were having a theological argument about greatness in the kingdom of God. It is plain that Jesus thought the child’s presence would give the disciples a clue to the essential truth they were missing.
No 1: A is for Alpha
No 1: B is for Bible

Max7
The Max7 website features a variety of Bible resources including curriculum, videos, music, and training materials for use through children’s or young people’s ministry, sports or creative ministry. This worldwide partnership freely serves the work of evangelism, helping children and young people live life to the MAX, 7 days a week with Jesus – the life described in John 10:10.

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Christian Living

Articles & Questions On Marriage
Author: Various authors
A number of articles on courtship, marriage, divorce remarriage, finding a marriage partnet and all that concerns Christian marriage.

Born-Again? – Evidence from Scripture
This document lays out in detail all that Scripture has to say about rebirth and the evidence that one has been born again…

Biblical Meditation
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
The first question we must consider concerns the meaning of meditation and what meditation involves. This is particularly important to the Christian because of the great and growing emphasis on meditation in eastern religions. Transcendental meditation, as it is often called, is not biblical meditation…

Choosing a Mate
Author: Stanley Edgar Rickard
If you are single and eligible for marriage, the first question is not whom you should marry, but whether you should marry. If God intends you to marry, three principles in seeking a mate will infallibly guide you to your life partner.

Christian Personal Finance
Author: Bob Lotoch
In order to give money, you obviously have to have money. This is where this site comes in. The author’s goal is to make it a resource for Christians to get practical tips, biblical revelation, and wisdom about how to handle our personal finances… Everything that you need to know about personal finances. (Apart from the small section on tithing, which I do not believe to be Scriptural, this is a really good site.)

Counsel Concerning Our Cares (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you are probably well aware of 1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your anxiety (care) on Him, because He cares for you.”  It is a wonderful verse, but unfortunately, we too often apply this verse apart from its context, and in particular, apart from verse 6 to which it is linked and dependent…

Corporate Prayer is Not an Option
Author: Lambert Dolphin, Ray C. Stedman & Bob Bonner
A discussion of prayer, corporate prayer and the necessity of intercessory prayer for others, centred around First Timothy 1, 2…

Christian Psychologists?
Author: Glen Stewart
There is no such thing as a Christian Psychologist. Unless of course there is a such a thing as a Christian strip tease dancer. Psychology is a philosophy and a religion. Psychology is not a science…

Deliberate Sin
Author: Lambert Dolphin
The subject of deliberate sin often stirs up unnecessary fear and anxiety. What does Scripture have to say about Christians who fall into sin after being saved?

Desiring God
Books, sermons, articles….

Does Philippians 1:6 Guarantee Progressive Sanctification?
Author: John F. Hart

Like Psalm 23 or Prov 3:5-6, the simple promise of Phil 1:6 is claimed by many Christians for comfort and encouragement. But Christians often find consolation in biblical truths that are not really found in the passages that they claim. And sometimes theologians base their theological systems on inappropriate conclusions from the prooftexts they employ.

Dynamic Salvation
Author: Lambert Dolphin
Clearly something is missing in the popular view that a one-time “decision for Christ” (static salvation) is all God asks for us in return for a free ticket to heaven with no strings attached…

Failure Lapse, Not Collapse–A Biblical View of Failure
Author: Bob Deffinbaugh

Failure is neither accidental nor incidental to Christian growth; it is essential. Not only should we learn to accept failure as a part of God’s purpose for our lives, but we should be willing to accept the failures of others For the sincere Christian failure is a certainty when one focuses upon the rigorous requirements of discipleship given in the Scriptures.

Faith Under Fire
Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
When a person trusts in Christ in faith, whether they realize it or not, they have been enrolled in the “school of faith.” Consequently, as Christians, we never know what may happen next because God, who works all things together for good, uses our trials as tools to promote spiritual growth and maturity…

Family Devotions for the Young and the Restless
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
James Dobson was wrong. In his book, The Strong-Willed Child, Dobson creates the distinct impression that no man will sire more than one strong-willed child (at least, that’s how I read the book). My wife and I clung to this false hope soon after the birth of our first-born son…

Finding the Will of God
Author: Ray C. Stedman
Is there any problem more persistently difficult to a Christian, especially a young Christian, than the problem of finding the will of God? At young people’s conferences, when surveys are made of subjects that young people would like to have discussed, this subject is always high on the list. Either this is no problem at all or it is a very serious and perplexing mystery…

FOR SA (Freedom of Religion South Africa)
FOR SA (Freedom of Religion South Africa) is a non-profit Christian organisation working to protect and promote religious freedom in South Africa, through creating awareness and influencing government and society regarding issues that affect our religious freedom.

Girls Tradin’ Up: Femininity goes out with the trash
Author: Michael Spencer
It must have been three years ago that I noticed most of the girls in my classes were anti-feminine. They didn’t just act like boys at their worst; they actually seemed to have contempt for what I associated with being feminine. So I asked them about it…

Honest to God! Or, God is not a Pit Stop (1 John 1:5-10)
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
I am more and more convinced that the basics of what God expects of us can be laid out very simply. The Christian life is not difficult to understand; it’s just impossible to accomplish–that is, apart from the work of the Spirit in our lives. At bottom, God wants us to be honest with him about what we are and who he is…

How to Handle a Hostile World (John 16)
Author: Bob Deffinbaugh
J. I. Packer speaks to a certain type of evangelical ministry which is well-intentioned, but cruel. It is a ministry which means to offer men hope and encouragement by portraying the Christian life as a kind of utopian desert island, free from the trials and cares of life…

How to Leave When They Fire You
Author: Kieth Drury
Ministers and religious leaders get fired too. I don’t like to tell this to young people preparing for the ministry, but we all know it happens. It may never happen to you—but it does happen, so how should you leave when they fire you?

Hyper-Grace: the REAL Hyper-Danger
Author: Dave Miller
… there is a Hyper that is common, growing, and a real danger to the gospel, to the church and to believers. It is sometimes called “Hyper-grace” – the doctrine of grace on steroids, taken to the extreme, until it becomes heresy.

If We Deny Him, He Also Will Deny Us (2 Timothy 2:12)
Author: Hampton Keathley IV
Second Timothy 2:12 has caused confusion for many people as it seems to cast a shadow on the security of the believer, but does it mean that someone who denies Christ will be denied entrance into the kingdom?

In Praise of Mediocrity
Author: Keith Drury
Our culture teaches us to imagine ourselves at the top edge of the bell curve—on the tiny tail of greatness. We were raised that way by affirming parents. For instance most of the students I teach consider themselves so far above average. Most consider anything below an A or A- as abject failure… ?

Is Self-Love Biblical? Matthew 22:39
Author: Daniel B. Wallace
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In popular circles this verse is often paraded as a text which teaches that we are commanded to love ourselves. Such a view seems to have come from secular psychologists in which self-actualization is at the top of the pecking order of one’s goals…

Individuation and the Biblical Concept of Wholeness
Author: Kenny Ammann

What is life really about? Why on earth are we here? While it is true that many have discovered there is more to life than meets the eye, surprisingly few people are really concerned about these questions. Yet each of us has been given just one human lifetime to discover who we are, why we are here, and where we are going…

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Author: Ray Bohlin and Sue Bohlin
Counselor John Gray made a ton of money–and found a ton of grateful fans–in writing his best-selling book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. In this essay we’ll be examining some of the insights from this book, then looking at what the Bible says about how God wants men and women to relate to each other.

Prayer
Everyone agrees that prayer should be an important part of every believer’s life. But prayer can be difficult at times, and many people wonder: why pray at all? After all, if God knows everything about us, we don’t tell God anything new by praying. This page presents the ideas of theologians of the past.

Sex in Dangerous Places: A letter of advice about sex and the single Christian guy.
Author: Michael Spencer
Let me start by setting a framework for the entire subject; a framework that is often neglected. We have God entirely to blame for being sexual beings. Not for being sexual sinners, but for being sexual in the first place…

The Bible and homosexuality
Author: Wayne Grudem
A reminder of what God’s Word has to say about homosexual conduct, a teaching many believers increasingly prefer to forget. Almost all Christians, young and old, prefer peace to war. In particular, most of us don’t like fighting a culture war —but sometimes, if we are to be faithful to biblical teaching, we have no choice.

The Biblical Concept of Revival in the Desert and Some Implications for Today’s Church Regarding the Restoration of Man’s Covenantal Relationship with God
Author: Cooper, Bradley Aron
The study shows … that God’s plan – to have a covenantal relationship with man – is being compromised by the modern church. The origins of this compromise are traced back to the development of boundary markers in the Early Church, which evolved from legitimate community identifiers, to illegitimate standards for salvation…

The Destruction of Marriage Precedes the Death of a Culture
Author: Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
Sociologists and anthropologists who have studied the death of civilizations have found that rampant sexual immorality, feminism, and homosexuality have been factors in destroying nations.

The Internet Monk
Author: Michael Spencer
The Archives of the Internet monk; a Christian blog to stimulate the thinking Christian.

The Ten Commandments and the Ceremonial law (Mosaic Law)
There is often confusion about “The Law”; what is the Law of God and what is the Ceremonial Law? Do they apply to Christians? This document explores the differences between the two; which of them still applies to Christians, and why so.

The Truth About Death
Author: Steve Wohlberg
“The idea of ‘talking to the dead’ has gone mainstream. As reported by People, Hollywood has recently produced multiple TV series centered around the fascinating possibility of contacting or being influenced by those on the ‘other side.” But what does Scripture say about death?

The Truth About Hell Fire
Author: Steve Wohlberg
There are many views about “Hell” out there; in the world and in the churches, but what does Scripture say about death and hell? This article examines the subject of death and hell from a purely Scriptural perspective…

The Western emperor has no clothes on
Author: Conrad Mbewe
Well-articulated article. As the Bible says those who reject God will be given over to a depraved mind which sees good as evil and evil good. Human culture, through globalised valued system, is permeated by such a mind. While it is shocking, it also serves as warning for believers to take stock of their own faith and not be found wanting when the Lord returns. It is only going to get more difficult for true believers.

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Pastor to Pastor

Now and Next Report: Theological Conference on Children
The Christian Church is arguably the single largest and most effective body of people ministering to children worldwide. Yet, as a whole, the Church often lacks commitment to children, or has simplistic views about them.

Ezra: Model of a Pastor
Author: Kevin Gary Smith
When preachers want a model of good leadership, they often turn to the book of Nehemiah, since Nehemiah models many outstanding qualities of godly leadership. Few are aware of another equally good model of pastoral leadership—Ezra.

Pastoral Succession
Author: Chris Peppler
… one thing is obvious; leadership succession, like death, is inevitable. Therefore, all churches, big and small, need to give serious attention to how to transition from retiring to younger leadership.

ROADS – A Concept for Effective Church Life
Author: Dr Christopher Pepler
Many years ago the Holy Spirit led me into an appreciation of the key dynamics of church life that has served my local church well for more than two decades. I call the concept ROADS – Relationship, Outreach, Anointing, Doctrine, and Structure.

Stillborn Souls
Author: Dr Christopher Pepler
Anyone who has been a Pastor for more than a decade will inevitably have some of the following concerns…

Summary of The Cape Town Commitment (Lausanne)
Author: Kevin Smith
The Cape Town Commitment (CTC) is a masterful and comprehensive document, faithfully reflecting the proceedings of the Third International Congress on World Evangelization, which took place in Cape Town…

The Calling
Author: Sharon Adkins
I am a minister. I minister to the largest mission field in the world, I minister to children. My calling is sure; my challenge is big, my vision is clear; my desire is strong, my influence is eternal…

The Controversial Gift
Author: Dr. Chris Peppler
This article is about tongues and interpretation of tongues. I see tongues as biblically valid and therefore currently normative. Two fundamental presuppositions underpin my thinking. The first is my belief that the Bible is divinely inspired and authoritative. The second is that Christian doctrine and practice must be determined by a responsible and honest interpretation of the scriptures.

The Pastor as Interpretive Guide
Author: Kevin Gary Smith
Africa recently crossed an important threshold—more than half of all Africans now live in cities. The worldview of urban Africans is significantly influenced by western ideas and ideals. These changes should cause us to ask, How might our understanding of the role of a pastor adapt to our rapidly changing world?

The Pastor as Practical Theologian
Author: Kevin Gary Smith
Every pastor is a theologian. Like it or not, as a pastor you are a theologian, probably the most influential theologian most of your church members will meet. The way you think about life in the light of scripture profoundly affects the worldview of everyone who sits under our ministry…

The strange case of Harold Camping’s hermeneutics
Author: Chris Pepler

On the one end of the hermeneutical continuum are those who adopt, what I have called, a strict rational-biblicist hermeneutic. At the other end are the allegorical Harold Campings’ who believe that every text contains a veiled ‘deeper’ meaning…

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