The Church That Prays Together, Stays Together

The Church That Prays Together, Stays Together

There are many centripetal forces that tear at the bonds that hold a congregation together, so it is useful to be aware of them. After all, we live in a remarkably busy world where quiet has almost disappeared entirely. We are connected to each other and to complete...
Killing Worship: The Experience (Part 1)

Killing Worship: The Experience (Part 1)

Years ago I was challenged by a churchgoer that I have no right to critique another church’s worship unless I have personally attended and witnessed for myself what is happening. I took this challenge and visited the local evangelical church in which thousands from...
Should Christians Practice Lent?

Should Christians Practice Lent?

Pastor’s Letter: What Ought Reformed Christians to Make of Lent? What follows is a guest post by the Rev Mr Bill Godfrey, pastor of Grace United Reformed Church, Torrance, CA. § Beloved congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have noticed that every year more and...
Worship: Beyond Euphoria And The Charismata

Worship: Beyond Euphoria And The Charismata

In a recent essay Andrew Wilson writes: I consider the absurd antics of some of the paper-waving, foundation-faced prosperity preachers who appear on Christian television. I acknowledge that much new church liturgy fails to acknowledge the realities of sin and...
Sabbath Meditation: Why You Should Go To Church

Sabbath Meditation: Why You Should Go To Church

Psalm 84 says, “How lovely is your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts.” The word tabernacle means dwelling place. The tabernacle was the place that God had chosen to come down and meet with his people in the wilderness. The God of heaven and earth had descended to meet with...
Is Persisting Sin Our Identity And May We Offer It To God? (2)

Is Persisting Sin Our Identity And May We Offer It To God? (2)

In part 1 we considered whether it is biblical for Christians to speak of a persisting sin as though it is their identity. A Christian with a history of substance abuse (e.g., alcoholism or drug addiction) may continue to struggle with those habits and sins but do...