Category: Life in the Church

Praying Specifically

My dad tells a story about an old deacon who was asked to pray during a church meeting. The man stood up and after other typical worn out phrases said, “Lord,...

When You’re Called On to Read the Bible Publicly

Have you ever been asked to read Scripture during the main church meeting on Sunday? Have you been asked to read Scripture in a...

Love is Dangerous

“And I will gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved” (2 Cor. 12:15). These are the words...

What If Churches Started Churches?

I’ve been in some churches that should not take the advice I’m about to give. They are much too weak, or sinful, or distorted in their beliefs and...

What Do You Do With Immorality?

When the apostle Paul heard that there was immorality in the Corinthian church, he was shocked. The brand of immorality was of such a kind that the...

Wearing Your Own Jersey and Being Unlike Mike in the Body of Christ

“Compared to the talented people in my church, I’m worthless. Maybe I should just stay home. They don’t really need...

What to Do With Sin

Here’s a church-life guarantee: people sin. Sometimes, they even sin against you. We all know this. What we don’t always know is how to deal with it. In...

What to Ask Myself Before I Teach the Bible

The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible. This not only means...

What Should We Do At Sunday’s Meeting?

I love a good sermon, don’t you? But if the sermon is biblical and helpful at the church’s main weekly meeting (typically Sunday), does that make...

What if You Were Preston’s Teacher?

His Sunday school teacher just might have driven him to crime. When seven-year-old Preston Scarbrough woke up early one Sunday morning in July 2009, he just didn’t...