The five marks of an elder

The ministry of elders--both teaching and ruling elders--is crucial to maintaining a healthy congregation that follows the biblical pattern of leadership. We often take elders for granted and shape the office around secular leadership positions that we're familiar with. Some see elders as board members and others see them as heads of a family. Neither … Continue reading The five marks of an elder

Can the gospel reunite a divided country?

Christianity, according to Rhee, is poised to play a pivotal role in the work of reconciliation in the Korean peninsula. It is difficult to know how this will actually play out, but we can be hopeful that the witness of the church can provide a framework for the difficult work of reconciliation.

Are we a church separated by a common language?

In the Presbyterian Church (USA), we share a common theological language. That language, however, is filled with varying and often competing interpretations. We all say "chips," but some of us are thinking french fries and others Baked Lays. Same words. Different meanings.

Five reasons the church should care about the arts

The evangelical church must make significant progress in valuing and embracing the arts. This is the case both because the arts are inherently valuable (they're valuable because of what they are as well as what they do) and because the arts play a critical role in the formation of culture.

Your guide to pastoral facial hair…

  Facebook is a treasure trove of graphics, many of them pretty crappy. However, this little gem stands out! It's masterful--I can think of at least one person I currently know who approximates each of these, except perhaps the angry whiskers. Which one's your favorite?