Christmastime is loved and celebrated around the world. In the southern hemisphere, this usually means warm weather, an extended break from work or school, time for family and home maintenance, lots of eating and, of course, gift-giving. There is nothing wrong with any of this.
In the previous article I introduced the biblical principle of congregational government or “elder-led congregationalism.” In this article I want to expand on the biblical justification for the practice of the congregation deciding who is “in” and who is “out.” In other words, we will
Kent Hughes observes, “The Gospels taken together reveal that there had been repeated personal pain for Jesus in his early ministry.” We should not let that thought escape us as we examine the passage before us. Our Lord and Saviour experienced much personal pain, including
Recently, a church member took me fishing on a Saturday morning. At one point, I was not as careful while casting as I should have been, and I suddenly found my line in an incredible mess. As I was trying to untangle it, my friend