Archives for category: Ecclesiology

Worshipping with Outsiders in Mind

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I’ve been re-reading Tim Keller’s Center Church, an immensely helpful and frequently challenging book. Among Keller’s many insights, I was recently struck by his discussion of worship. Here is a modified summary of that section, with my own editorial notes interspersed (from pp. 303–307): Three Underlying Principles for “Evangelistic Worship Services” 1. … Read More »

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Why Multi-Cultural Matters More Than Multi-Colored

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Most churches say they want to be “diverse,” but it wasn’t until recently that I began to see the difference between two types of diversity—multi-color and multi-cultural. Most pastors who talk about diversity imply that they want a multi-colored church. Their ideal is a bunch of different colored people, but the … Read More »

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But in Multi-Site, I Don’t Know the Pastor

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It has been nearly 10 years since The Summit Church moved to a multi-site strategy. We’ve learned a lot during that time, and continue to evaluate how this strategy is serving God, our people, and our community. One of the objections I hear a lot to our multi-site strategy is … Read More »

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Guest Post (David Prince): Jesus is Not Colorblind: Celebrating Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Local Church

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[Editor's Note: Every so often, we at Between the Times wish to share with our readers especially important thoughts. Such is the case today. This post is by David E. Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern ... Read More »

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Sanctification is a Community Project

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Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and … Read More »

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The Benefits of a Church Membership Class

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Though Baptists are most often identified with believer’s baptism, I would argue that our view of church membership is our core distinctive. Baptists affirm the doctrine of regenerate church membership, which is the principle that a church’s formal membership should be comprised only of professing believers. My colleague John Hammett … Read More »

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A New PhD Track for Worship Leaders and Worship Theologians

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Worship leaders and worship theologians are of the greatest significance to our churches and seminaries. For this reason  we at SEBTS are more than a little excited to introduce a new PhD in Theology & Worship which does not require the student to move to SEBTS’ campus. Students will come to campus … Read More »

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Book Notice: “That His Spirit May Be Saved” by Jeremy Kimble

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Though often passé in contemporary churches, the practice of church discipline is vital to the health and mission of the church. Jeremy Kimble, recent SEBTS PhD graduate and current Assistant Professor of Theology at Cedarville University, has published an important book that demonstrates the vitality of this oft-forgotten doctrine. In … Read More »

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5 Things God Teaches Us in the Tragic Deaths of Ananias & Sapphira

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The story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 lets us know that despite the explosion of growth in the early church, they had moments of weakness, even gross sin. I believe that their deaths serve as a warning to the Church today, and that God has a lot to teach us—if … Read More »

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Book Notice: “The Community of Jesus”

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Christopher Morgan has put forth a steady stream of top-shelf edited volumes in the field of systematic theology. These volumes work very nicely in theology and doctrine courses, whether the courses are introductory in nature or upper-level electives. Morgan’s volumes model how to take complex ideas and mediate them in … Read More »

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