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Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

   Introduction “Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.” So Dallas Willard1 pictures the obviousness and enormity of the problem. Richard Foster agrees, “Perhaps the greatest malady in the Church today is converts to Christ who are not disciples of Christ—a clear contradiction in terms. This malady affects everything in church life….”2 Brian McLaren asks, […]

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

  From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2011 issue.   A Reader writes about a review that appeared in the Winter 2011 issue: In his review of Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Brazos, 2009), Wolfgang Vondey writes, “At least in their understanding of […]

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 335 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This is an engaging production by the dynamic, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church together with an experienced, theological teaching collaborator. It expresses the experimental fusion of mission focused churchmanship with a particular style of […]

How to Lead a Missional Church that Expands God's Kingdom

How to Lead a Missional Church that Expands God’s Kingdom

  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Dr. Victor H. Cuartas describes how to expand the vision of the local church to reach the world.   Introduction God’s plans for His beloved Church are marvelous. One of the most important aspects in the life of the church is leadership. Leadership […]

Michael Milco: Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership

Michael Milco: Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership

  Michael R. Milco, Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership: Case Studies in Biblical Decision Making (Kregel Academic & Professional, 1997), 192 pages, ISBN 9780825431975. Are you facing a crisis? Need to make a sensitive decision? How you aware of how your personality affects how you make difficult decisions? Ethical Dilemmas In Church Leadership is an […]

Leadership in the Local Church: Discerning Practical Value and Developing Theological Foundations

Leadership in the Local Church: Discerning Practical Value and Developing Theological Foundations

  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Pastor-scholar Tony Richie discusses what having good leadership means for a local church   Introduction “We’re a good church, but we need a good leader!” The preceding sentence expressed the sentiment of the good people of the John Sevier Church of God in […]

An Interview with Paul: What might the Apostle say about the church today?

An Interview with Paul: What might the Apostle say about the church today?

  How should we lead the church? New Testament scholar Andrew D. Clarke imagines what it would be like to interview the Apostle Paul about church leadership today.     The opportunity to interview the Apostle Paul about his perceptions of church in the early twenty-first century was an opportunity not to be missed.   […]

Is it Full Partnership or Partial? The Church of God Struggles with the Role of Women

Is it Full Partnership or Partial? The Church of God Struggles with the Role of Women

  The Church of God 73rd International General Assembly met in Orlando, Florida July 27-30, 2010. This biennial meeting is a significant event on the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) calendar. Among other things, during this time denominational leadership is nominated and elected and contemporary issues facing the organization are discussed, debated, and decided, first […]

James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered

James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered

  James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), 233 pages, ISBN 9780801027765. Dallas Willard, in The Spirit of the Disciplines, challenges the Church to return to the primary purpose of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples (18). James Wilhoit’s spiritual theology, as […]

Andrew Clarke: A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership

Andrew Clarke: A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership

  Andrew D. Clarke, A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership (New York: T & T Clark, 2008), 189 pages, ISBN 9780567045607. This work is important for those considering how best to ‘do church’ and who are also seeking after a Biblical model of leadership. The volume, a theological monograph in the Library of New Testament […]

Oskar Skarsaune: From the Jewish Messiah to the Creeds of the Church

Oskar Skarsaune: From the Jewish Messiah to the Creeds of the Church

  Oskar Skarsaune, “From the Jewish Messiah to the Creeds of the Church” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 32, No. 3 (July 2008), pages 224-237. My interests always peak when encountering a document that traces our Christian faith back to the first century believers, so I was delighted when this article by Oskar Skarsaune, professor […]

Numbers 11 and a Pentecostal Theology of Church Leadership

Numbers 11 and a Pentecostal Theology of Church Leadership

In this day of specialization, it seems we have a difficult time combining thorough Bible study and relevant practical application. Too often, practitioners do not get their principles from studying the Bible, and scholars do not produce relevant principles and practical application. I would like this essay to begin a dialogue that will bring these […]

Mark Driscoll: A Book You Will Actually Read On Church Leadership

Mark Driscoll: A Book You Will Actually Read On Church Leadership

  Mark Driscoll, A Book You Will Actually Read On Church Leadership (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 96 pages, ISBN 9781433501371 Christians and even churches seem to find traditional NT leadership issues a bit boring, if not irrelevant, to modern church culture. An ever increasing trend in developing leadership teams is to adapt a more corporate style […]

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

  The shocking parable of the Good Samaritan provides an example of how the church can be an agent of transformation. In this story from Luke 10, a despised minority person demonstrates God’s love and shows today’s Christians the essence of authentic social transformation.   The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the […]

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