Really My Church?

What’s the difference between a church and a group of Christians gathered at a camp or conference? Should a Bible study group think of themselves as a mini-church? Is church essentially gathering in the same room, singing the same songs, and listening to the same...

How are Jesus’ disciples known

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples,” Jesus said, “if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Each phrase is worth pondering. “By this.” He’s given us a sign, a signal, a symbol. It’s something  tangible, visible, specific. He can point at it...

What is the Purpose of the Church

Last week I wrote that the church exists to display the glory of God. I quoted Charles Bridges, the 19th century Anglican pastor, who wrote: “[The church] is the grand scene in which the perfections of Jehovah are displayed to the universe.” Bridges goes on to mention...

What is the Purpose of the Church

“The church is the mirror that reflects the whole effulgence [i.e., brilliant radiance] of the Divine character. It is the grand scene in which the perfections of Jehovah are displayed to the universe.” So begins Charles Bridges’ classic book The Christian...

The ESV Literary Style

For the last few weeks, I’ve been explaining the reasons I prefer the English Standard Version of the Bible for use in the church. Last week, I offered my first reason: the ESV is translated in a way that emphasizes the words and grammar of the Bible’s original...