Pastoral ministry can be a lonely place. But it doesn’t have to be. Years ago it was common for seminary professors to caution aspiring pastors about having close friendships.
Do you find yourself in a cyclical battle with sin? Next time you sin, stop yourself, and walk yourself through James 4:1–4.
A little over 13 months ago Christina and I unpacked our belongings and began settling into the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We also began a …
Mike and David discuss signs and wonders, spiritual gifts, and Biblical sufficiency.
It is true that people are lost and dying, and that we should be urgent about pursuing the lost, but skipping seminary in order to rush into ministry would be like performing a surgery without any schooling.
Let’s not forget while hearing the heartbreaking accounts of spiritually shipwrecked Christians that there are multitudes of faithful Christian brethren all around the world still persevering in their faith and staying true to the gospel, sometimes even under intense persecution.
Pat Nemmers and Chuck De Cleene discuss the importance of intentional evangelism.
Three common fears will eventually lead a church down the road to closure instead of revitalization.
While it is true that believers may struggle with sins, those sins should no longer define the believer: we must cease being what we were and become what we are.
David Gunn and Andy Woods discuss the coming Kingdom and its relationship to the Church.
A Critical Review of Andy Stanley’s “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World.”
Mike Hess and Mark Vroegop discuss pastoral ministry, worship, and lament.
By Bob Stevenson Tomorrow, we celebrate good Friday. In our church, we gather to read the passion narrative and reflect on the event of the …
In the spiritual gift lists in the New Testament, some gifts were miraculously endowed and immediately exercised and some were non-miraculously, naturally inherited and used.
by Dave Cunningham Those of us who stand for the truth of God’s Word and vote with the Bible in our back pocket have been …
Unplanned is a film you need to see. It will change your perspective. It is not entertaining, but it does show in compelling fashion both what abortion is and how by God’s grace we can see change in those who administer and advocate its practice in our day.
David and Mike discuss the issues of ecclesiastical separation and secondary separation.
Many Christians know that Jesus said that we should have the faith of a child. But what does Jesus mean by this comparison?
On March 15 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court decision and found that a housing allowance for church clergy does not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause.
Jon Jenks joins us to discuss the essence and nature of Biblical worship.
The Miracles of Jesus Christ John the Baptist (who did no miracle) was the new voice for God to Israel after the four sterile centuries …
Should Baptists celebrate Lent? Mike and David discuss this question by examining the history of Lent, New Testament teachings on food, fasting, and spirituality, and the sacramental context in which Lenten observance usually occurs.
The era of the Gospels began with the gigantic miracle of the virgin conception and birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the entrance of God in the flesh into the temporal order. This era closed with the most colossal miracle of all human history—the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
We often rehearse how we are saved by faith, but God has also called us to live by faith.
Mike Hess discusses challenges facing the Church today and the importance of sound hermeneutics.
By Kyle Dunham How important is biblical creation for one’s theology? Self-professed evangelicals increasingly say, “Very little.” A surprising number of theologians downplay its importance. …
By Nick Harsh Sunday morning. For some families, these two simple words call to mind a morning filled with chaos. For others, however, Sunday mornings …
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By Rolland McCune On occasion through the years one reads or hears of a great revival somewhere in the world, a sudden outburst of the …
The Baptist Bulletin podcast will debut next week! Join hosts Mike Hess (GARBC National Representative) and David Gunn (RBP Director) for discussions on theology, ministry, …
By Rob Green Years ago, I heard the phrase “perception determines reality.” I remember being confused. Reality is not dependent on one’s perception, I reasoned. …
Tax reform law that went into effect in 2018 includes a requirement for churches and nonprofits to pay tax on the cost of parking space used primarily by employees. Churches can take some easy steps to make certain that they remain in compliance.
Witnessing a son or daughter charging hastily into destruction is a burden so heavy even the most resolute parents despair of bearing it. But there is always hope in Christ.
By Bernie Augsburger Have you ever wondered how the Pilgrims could have a thanksgiving celebration after going through the most difficult year of their lives? …
When a high-profile minister like Bill Hybels falls from grace, it provokes us to ask, What are some important lessons can we learn from this?
By Sam Horn There are certain cultural influences and age specific tendencies that can be observed in each generation. These “generational habits” are not always …
A recent court decision declaring the Minister’s Housing Allowance unconstitutional is being appealed. However, your church and your pastor as an individual should consider what to do if he loses his housing allowance.
By Kyle Dunham This year marks the 70th anniversary of the inception of the modern state of Israel. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion announced …
By Diane Scallon For those of you who have smartphones, please take a moment to check the battery status of your phone. In the battery …
by Jeff Burr The Incarnation is a revolutionary doctrine. Humanity was alienated from God because of its sin. Jesus, the eternal Son of God and …
By Rebekah Anderson In 280 days, I get to marry my best friend—the man I admire more than anyone else in the world. And some …
The Lord is lord of all. Whether rain or snow, cold or heat, wind or stagnant air, hurricane or calm, the Lord is the one who continues to uphold all of creation by His mighty power.
We begin a new school year with many concerns, apprehensions, and hopes. What better way to begin this school year than to begin in prayer?
The average church’s retention rate of unchurched first-time visitors is less than 3 percent. How can churches help visitors become regular attenders?
Regeneration is not a cooperative effort between God and man. God initiates the new birth by reaching down to us in love, mercy, and grace and lifting us from our lifeless condition. We do not meet Him halfway.
Is it possible to “redeem queer culture” while remaining true to Biblical standards and terminology? The Revoice Conference thinks so, but it is a difficult concept to square with the Bible’s teaching on sin and redemption.
Why should you show up at church on a Sunday morning? Ever wonder that? Here are four reasons to attend church.
There are four lessons to be learned from current events surrounding pastors. Those in ministry need to pay attention and be warned.
“I was wrong. Will you forgive me?” Seven words and two sentences that will change your life and your relationships for the better.
Mothers are not generally regarded as warriors. However, the Bible describes some mothers who fought in a hand-to-hand combat for their children.
The crowd who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem may have been fans of Jesus, but they certainly weren’t followers of Jesus.
Jesus is serious about His disciples working while He is away. Why do you think that you will be more fervent about serving Him tomorrow if you are unwilling to serve Him today?
Because we don’t know when Jesus will return, we must always be ready. To be ready is to be faithfully working for Christ. There is no time for casualness or time-wasting. The Master is coming. We must be working.
Logic is not what drove many to the pro-choice position, and it will be unlikely in itself to move them away from it.
How we communicate matters. When it comes to communication, there are clear benefits of having in-person conversations over emailing and texting.
Have you ever squandered a clear opportunity to testify about Jesus? The fear of man is strong. But we can consider ourselves in light of Who God is and fear Him most of all.
Whether spontaneously uttered, purposefully remembered, or extensively prepared, our gratefulness to God for Who He is and what He has done for us should be expressed regularly.
John Wycliffe’s passion for Scripture would be his distinctive legacy.
How should the church engage culture? It’s an important question because the culture is at war, and we’d better know where we stand when the roar reaches its fever pitch.
In these times of racial and political discord and division, how should the church respond? What can pastors do to lead their people with Biblical conviction to be on mission with Jesus and make a difference?
When you hear the word “God,” money is probably not your first thought. However, if we’re not careful, money can quickly take the place of God in your life.
The past two weeks have seen amazing events taking place in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. These events may well be a precursor to the fulfillment of important prophecies relating to the end times.
What does it mean to be spiritually free? It speaks of a status that is not true of everyone in this world.
The change in theological education represents a fundamental shift in both educational philosophy and religious pedagogy, is already having great effect on pulpits and pews.
Changes in either the church or higher education are quickly mimicked and often magnified in seminaries, and the speed at which these parties are changing is a relatively new phenomenon.
Many Christians obsess over making Christianity relevant. But why should Christianity be made relevant, and what would a relevant Christianity look like?
Within quite a few supposedly evangelical churches, we are witnessing the adoption of Catholic and Orthodox aesthetics and liturgical practices even where official allegiance to Catholicism or Orthodoxy is not claimed.
This Easter we are reminded once again that Jesus did not stay in the tomb but is fully alive. And our lives right now are worth the living just because He lives.
The Case for Christ is solid apologetics shared through the heartfelt and compelling story of Lee and Leslie Strobel.
A significant portion of our society, including a large number of professing believers, experience a disconnect when the terms “liberty” and “responsibility” are used together.
God brings trials of various kinds into all our lives, and we are not to be surprised by this.
A pastor shares his thoughts on the tragic double murder of a family in Illinois.
Church membership actually matters and is not only biblical, but practical and pastoral.
Moses took radical action against sin. He understood that sin leads to destruction and death, and he didn’t mess around.
As followers of the living God, we have an obligation to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and to stand for life.
Any putative gospel that denies justification through faith alone is a false gospel, whatever other elements of truth it may contain.
What is a healthy church? A healthy church is one that maintains its first love.
The real meaning of Christmas is a message of hope flooding a darkened world with marvelous light, healing old wounds, reviving broken dreams, and setting the captives free.
Sunday Christmases bring dilemmas. Christmas is a special day, steeped in family traditions, and we’re not all that accustomed to spending time at church on Christmas Day.
Sometimes the water we are trying to navigate gets a little shallow, doesn’t it? This is the precise time we need to sail into God’s channel of peace.
When we reflect each December day on the gift of God’s Son, we gain a renewed appreciation for the true meaning of the season and we prepare our hearts to celebrate His birth on Christmas Day.
If you are overly joyful or overly disappointed following Tuesday’s election, you have probably put too much stock in a human leader.
The Gospel of Luke gives us a wonderful window into how Jesus changed the world in three short years. Luke shows that prayer played a vital role.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for humanity’s real problem.
Hostility toward the gospel is nothing new, and our response to it has already been scripted for us and modeled by generation after generation of gospel-servants who have suffered likewise.
We live in a time of unique opportunity when it comes to sharing our faith. But there are other factors that make this a challenging time for evangelism.
The fall of mega-church pastor Perry Noble has stunned the evangelical world and has raised the alcohol issue to the forefront of evangelical discussion yet again.
“I do all things for the sake of the gospel.” So said Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:23. I wonder whether this verse can sustain all the freight that has been loaded onto it over the years.
One of the more frequent retorts that is thrown at Christians is that we are not to judge. Unfortunately, some Christians have picked up on this and are propagating it too.
The recent savage shooting in Orlando has left the nation reeling, stunned by the awful display of cruelty and barbarism. It is fitting and proper, at a time such as this, to “weep with those who weep.”
GARBC National Representative John Greening responds to the allegations regarding Robert T. Ketcham published in “The ABWE and Donn Ketcham Investigations Final Report.”
GARBC National Representative John Greening responds to the recent publication titled, “The ABWE and Donn Ketcham Investigations Final Report.”
A letter to the editor introduces the evangelical as “America’s newest celebrity,” who increasingly is the lead story, the headline, and the main attraction.
Every philosophy rests on certain pillars—certain foundation stones. The gospel is Christianity’s foundation.
Can you imagine the roller coaster of emotions that took the followers of Jesus on a wild ride during His last week?
The death of Christ was not the mere actions of the frenzied mood of misled Jews. Christ’s death was part of God’s purposeful plan.
This morning, terrorists struck the heart of Belgium. Why the cycle of hate and aggression? There are no simple, one-size-fits-all answers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any answers at all.
Risen is a well-made film that may give opportunity for many gospel-centered conversations to happen among believers and unbelieving friends.
Controversy over Islam is increasing both within American religion and among American political candidates. How are Christians, and especially Baptists, supposed to think about Muslims?
In the debate concerning evolution and the age of the earth, certain arguments I grow tired of hearing. We spend so much time dealing with silly ideas that we cannot move on to the real meat of the issues.
On Dec. 3 the New York Daily News published the headline “God Isn’t Fixing This” in response to the outpouring of prayer support for the victims of the San Bernardino shootings. So how should we think about this from a Biblically informed worldview?
On Nov. 27, a gunman opened fire outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. We need to begin wrapping our minds around what happened and relating it to our walk with Christ in the world.
On the evening of Nov. 13, Islamic terrorists struck at the heart of France. The attacks were as well-orchestrated as they were devastating: armed to …
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled, “How Churches Are Rethinking Sunday School.” The author, Melanie Grayce West, documents how several New York City churches are rethinking …
What does it mean to be male or female? What does the Bible and general human reasoning say about this?
With the recent Hollywood success of War Room as a #1 movie, I see no reason why Woodlawn will not be a huge hit too. The main character, Hank Erwin Jr., is played by Sean Astin, who is best known from his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings. Moviegoers will also know him as Rudy in the movie by the same name. Woodlawn has a wonderful storyline with compelling subplots and superb acting.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. I have received multiple calls asking about the tax treatment of pastor appreciation gifts. I attempt to simplify things as much as possible, even when something has layers of complexity. So if your situation is beyond the following simple, straightforward explanations, always ask more questions.
The scientific community is abuzz this week with the announcement that liquid water has been confirmed on Mars. Of course scientists have long known that water is abundant in our universe (including on Mars), but specific evidence of a stable supply of liquid water has been lacking.
Every pastor has church growth–both spiritual and numerical–on his mind. Pastor Jeriah Shank examines four common elements of churches that experience healthy growth.
A few months ago, my wife and I were privileged to attend a preview screening of War Room, the latest movie produced by the Kendrick brothers (Courageous, Fireproof, & Facing the Giants are some of their other works). The movie opens Friday, August 28th, and I urge you to attend a showing in your community to support the movie.
“These creationists are inadvertently and blindly trusting man’s fallible dating methods for archaeological data.” So says Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. Who are these blind individuals who have so readily capitulated to modernist scientific categories?
An axiom of the Christian life is, Those who are truly saved will suffer. Living in the here and now means some degree of struggle.
Recently released videos by The Center for Medical Progress have brought to light some of the more egregious atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood in the name of women’s health and medical research.
It was a cold, dark night in Bethlehem when the soldiers came. Methodically and without the slightest trace of pity they marched from house to house ransacking each one.
November 30, 1938. Surrounded by a throng of his fellow countrymen, a triumphant Neville Chamberlain held aloft a historic peace agreement.
By Bernie Augsburger “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your …
2015 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Same-Sex Marriage.
2015 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Our Connection to Christ.
2015 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Discipleship.
With the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, supporters of traditional marriage can’t help feeling as though they’ve been punched in the solar plexus.
The greatest danger facing the believer is not future persecution but daily love seduction from the world system.