Tag: community

The Effect of Being Reasonable in Conversation

On Labor Day, my wife Karen and I hosted a BBQ in our condo complex, and some of our neighbors joined the fun. One couple has been married 59 years. They met in Memphis and were high school sweethearts. His sister used to hang out with Elvi...

Are Church Members Scenery, Machinery or PEOPLE?

A number of years ago, an anthropologist from Poland, Alicja Iwanska, conducted a study among farmers in the Northwest section of the United States. One of the conclusions of the study found that within the realm of interaction with other p...

Five Points on Our Need for Community

It is an interesting time that we live in. People are more connected than they have ever been yet more isolated than ever as well. We literally have thousands of "friends" in our pockets whom many of us interact with on a daily basis. Yet t...

Four Principles for Christian Unity

Sometimes it seems like Christians have a particular knack for looking down on and judging one another. Often this has to do with differences in personal convictions over grey areas.  These are areas where Scripture does not give an unequiv...

Similarities Between Esther and Local Churches

Esther needed a Mordecai moment and message–and so do many local churches today. "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will peri...

The Church & Victims of Depression

The phone rang at 2am again. I knew who it was before answering. In recent weeks, Anita (not her real name) often called in the middle of the night. She claimed to feel the fires of hell all over her body with no desire to live. My wife or ...