At my church, just through the front doors and to the left stands a prominent piece of furniture – the church mailboxes. With row upon row of Eberly’s, Hershberger’s, Miller’s, Yoder’s, and Wenger’s, each wooden compartment hanging with newsletters and … Continue reading Understanding Church: Accountability and Commitment
Do you spend your time searching for service opportunities that are more exciting or seem to be more connected to the work God is doing in the world? Continue reading Mundane Ministry
Stephen Decatur Jr. sailed the Intrepid into the harbor of Tripoli under cover of darkness. His mission: to set afire the USS Philadelphia captured by Tripolitan forces after running aground on an uncharted reef. The frigate was now a menace … Continue reading What Is the Purpose of the Church?
Throughout history, Christians have tended to emphasize either mystical inner transformation (important) or outer good works (also important) at the expense of the other. To take both of these and synthesize them into a Christ-like whole requires handling and skills greater than our own bumbling efforts. Continue reading What is Discipleship?
As the last note of the pre-message song rings through the sanctuary, a speaker walks up to the podium, ready to share a Word from the Lord. “My text for this morning,” he says, after an unusually funny story, “is … Continue reading Twisted Scripture
The Reformation In his book Start With Why, Simon Sinek argues that the single most important concept for any company, person, or movement is to know why they do what they do. This year is the 500th anniversary of the … Continue reading Why We Need Reform
This book definitely bears a needed message for the church today, and many would benefit from reading it. Pastors and church leaders would do well to heed Byrd’s message to them. Continue reading No Little Women
What does it mean to be Anabaptist? How do we discern God’s will? What is the unique value of Anabaptism in today’s culture? Continue reading Radi-Call Editor Q&A’s: What Does It Mean to Be Anabaptist? Family vs. Church? …And More
Introduction The past few years I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of young Christians. I love hearing what they are excited about and what their hopes and dreams are for the future. World traveling, mission trips, … Continue reading “Is Your Church Effective?” Survey Results
As a believer, to act on God’s call to care for orphans should not be based on duty, guilt, or idealism. It is to be motivated out of a heart that has been transformed by the incredible love of a Father who found us in our orphaned state and chose to adopt us, giving us the undeserved privilege of being called His sons and daughters. Continue reading A Christian Case for Adoption