The Centrifugal Church

Is your church a centrifuge for gospel ministry? Are believers compelled out from the safe harbor of Christian fellowship to engage our unbelieving world? Many American churches today are an evangelistic cul-de-sac, lots of believers gathering in, but very little gospel going back out in gospel propagation. Instead of evangelistic DNA woven through every aspect…

Theological Incentives for Evangelism

Evangelism needs to be undergirded by a theological reflection on just what it is we are doing and why since, as R.B. Kuiper puts it, “Evangelism has its roots in eternity.”

Marriage, Celibacy, and the Hierarchy of Merit in the Jovinian Controversy

Though some maintained the importance of marriage, others taught the need to abstain from sex in order to pursue more spiritual or philosophical endeavors.

Baptist Marriage in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Talking, Thinking, and Truth

One of the most important gifts of the Reformation to the various traditions that stem from that era was the concept of Christian marriage as a vocation and the fact that there is no intrinsic value in a celibate life (2)

Raising Children, the Christian Way

Three texts in the Christian Scriptures are particularly significant for the topic of raising and rearing children: Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Proverbs, and Ephesians 6:1-4.

Ministering the Love of Christ to Single Teen Mothers

Sue pleaded with great emotion in her voice, “Mary, I don’t know what to do! Yesterday I ran into Christine, a friend of mine from high school. She led me to the Lord when we were working together at that time. Since then she’s stopped walking with the Lord, had a baby out of wedlock, and the father has custody.

Heath Lambert Reviews Mark Driscoll’s ‘Real Marriage’ in the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Heath Lambert provides a thorough review of Mark Driscoll’s recent book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together.

How Should We Define Family Ministry?

We in the family-equipping movement are specifically seeking practices of family ministry that are driven and defined by a Scripture-saturated plan for equipping parents to embrace primary responsibility for their children’s discipleship.

Remembering the Father in Fatherhood: Biblical Foundations and Practical Implications of the Doctrine of the Fatherhood of God

We have a great deal of instruction from the Lord concerning fatherhood, but, frankly, we need more than instruction.

The Family-Equipping Model for Family Ministry: Transforming Age-Organized Ministries to Co-Champion the Family and the Community of Faith

In many ways the family-equipping model represents a middle route between the family-integrated and family-based models.

The Family-Based Model for Church Ministry: Activities and Emphases to Empower Parents within Age-Segmented Structures

The family-based model seeks to merge a comprehensive-coordinative vision for parents with the segmented-programmatic perspective that remains prevalent in many contemporary churches.

The Family-Integrated Model for Church Ministry: A Complete Break from Age-Segmented Structures

The family-integrated approach represents a complete break from the “neo-traditional” segmented-programmatic church.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: The Trinity as Theological Foundation for Family Ministry

The title of this article may raise some immediate questions in the minds of readers: Is there really a connection between the doctrine of the Trinity and the design and practice of family ministry (1)?

Every House a Household of Faith: Family Worship Among the Puritans, Part 2–The Father’s Role

A Headship of “Love and Complicated Interest”: The Father’s Role in the Puritan Household

Fathers as Shepherds

Fathers are called to be pastors in their homes.

Book Review: ‘Christian Nurture’ by Horace Bushnell

Part of Bushnell’s thesis is that parents are responsible for the spiritual development of their children; he argues that Christian nurture begins in the home.

The Problem and the Promise of Family Ministry

After decades on the back burner of congregational life, family ministry has suddenly become a hot topic.

Sermon: Expositional Preaching as a Mark of a Healthy Church

Expository preaching is central to God’s plan for building healthy churches.