How Should Christians Vote?

Oct 12, 2016 by

Without doubt this presidential election cycle is unique in its own right. My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been charged since early summer with shared articles and posts from almost every perspective—don’t vote for him, we must do everything to make sure she doesn’t get in, we must vote for him because he is the hope for our future, Christians should vote this way, Christians absolutely shouldn’t vote this way, and on and on.

Having gone rounds on Facebook about the wisdom of Christians voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, I want take a step back and focus more broadly on the matrix through which a Christian ought to evaluate candidates at every level. Several weeks ago Kevin Bauder, a man I highly respect, presented in a Sunday School setting a list of nine principles by which a Christian ought to evaluate every candidate that comes on the ballot. I posted the videos on my Facebook feed. Each session is about 30–35 long and I don’t anticipate everyone that follows me was able to watch. In light of the ratcheting up of the presidential campaign, I wanted to post the list here for your consideration. Lest anyone accuse him otherwise, Bauder came up with this list years ago when he was thinking through how the Christian ought to relate to the political realm.

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Review: In the Beginning: Creation and the Biblical Worldview

Sep 20, 2016 by

This past Thursday and Friday, September 15–16, 2016, I took my family to Cedarville University near Dayton, Ohio, for a conference on biblical creationism. The keynote speaker to the conference was Ken Ham, president, CEO, and Founder of Answers in Genesis. The objective of the conference was to equip attendees to defend a six-day literal Creation, and it was free.

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Why A Church Needs a Covenant

Aug 17, 2016 by

Why A Church Needs a Covenant

Note to reader: This is the second post in a series on church covenants. In the first post I introduced wording that I am recommending Emmanuel Baptist Church adopt as their church covenant. In this second post, I hope to defend the need for our church to use a formal church covenant.

Why does a church need a membership covenant? Let me answer this question with a question—Why does a church need a statement of faith? A church adopts a statement of faith as a summary of its understanding of the basic doctrines of the Scriptures. It uses a statement of faith as a measure for membership—churches ask members to affirm the statement or support the teaching of the church as given in the statement. The Articles of Faith is a statement of what the members believe concerning the doctrines of the Bible. This is the primary reason a church needs a church covenant: it is a summary statement of how the members understand what the Bible teaches concerning how Christians should live together. 

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Church Covenant: A Pastoral Recommendation

Aug 3, 2016 by

Church Covenant: A Pastoral Recommendation

This past Sunday evening our congregation held its quarterly business meeting. In my report to the congregation, I recommended that the congregation adopt a new church covenant, and I introduced the words I was recommending. I didn’t take the time on Sunday evening to support the statement, I only read the words. Over the next several weeks, then, I will seek to offer support on why the church should adopt this new church covenant. I will publish these posts on this blog, print them for bulletin inserts and post them on our building bulletin board. In this post, I will introduce the text of the church covenant. Subsequent posts will answer pertinent questions such as, Why a church covenant?, Why a new church covenant?, and Why this church covenant? At the outset, I hope the members know that this is their decision. I also hope they will not feel an obligation to adopt this covenant merely because I am recommending it. I understand that my responsibility is to convince them that this is best. Here is the wording that I am recommending.

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