SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World by Douglas Estes Zondervan, 2009 256 pages (paperback), $16.99 In his book SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World, Douglas Estes gets defensive about an accusation that no one seems to be leveling. I, for one, was only peripherally aware of the “virtual world” before picking up Estes’ book. [...]
Entries for May, 2011
We’ve all heard of resume-padding, but this is a little ridiculous: A pastor who regaled family and parishioners with tales from his time in the Navy SEALs is backtracking after his story turned out to be nothing more than a self-described “ego-booster,” according to reports. Without knowing the man, his ministry, or his preaching, it’s [...]
We often hear Christian leaders say things like, “I’m not inviting you to join a church, but to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus.” So in this approach, everything that is formal, official, planned, and public is seen as mere church-ianity, while genuine Christian experience is informal unofficial, spontaneous, and private. But is this biblical? Would the apostles agree with this kind of anti-institutional approach, or would they recognize it as part of the spirit of the age? The hosts will discuss these questions and more as they walk through Paul’s farewell address to the elders of the church of Ephesus in Acts 20.
The Great Commission has been our year-long theme at White Horse Inn. In fact, everything we do is focused on getting the gospel right and getting it out. We know we’re not a church, but God has used the White Horse Inn, Modern Reformation magazine, events and our other resources to help Christians know what [...]
There are few evangelical churches that practice formal church membership anymore. Our friends at IX Marks (associated with Mark Dever and Capitol Hill Baptist Church) recently posted a new eJournal on the topic of church membership. Matt Chandler’s lead article, Is Church Membership Biblical?, is especially good and worth your time to read. Here’s the [...]
Our friends over at Get Religion posted an interesting news story about church architecture: small, rural churches whose buildings are in need of repair, what their choice of architecture indicates about their place in the community, and how new churches are making different choices when it comes to the buildings in which they worship. After [...]
Dr. Horton’s post below was originally published on Christianity Today. Understandably, news of Osama bin Laden’s demise at the hands of U. S. Navy Seals provoked cries of celebration. The mastermind of terror, even against civilians (indeed, against fellow Muslims) has been brought to justice. But what kind of justice? In the immediate aftermath of [...]
As part of their yearlong study of the Great Commission, the hosts have been focusing on key events in the book of Acts where Christ’s mandate to preach the gospel, to baptize, and to make disciples of all nations is being worked out on the ground. In this program they’ll walk through Acts 18 and 19 to see how Christ is advancing his kingdom in this age, not by the power of the sword, but through Word and Spirit as we find the apostles reasoning in the synagogues and marketplaces about the basic truth-claims of the Christian faith.