The Evolution of Church Membership

Joshua's Baptism

Baptism did not save me, but it made me a church member!

Perhaps I should clarify. In my hometown church, membership is automatic when you get baptized. So I have been a member of a local church for over 26 years now because I was baptized in the fall of 1997.

Salvation made me a member of Christ’s body, the universal church. But baptism joined me with the local church in Mason City, IA. Read Full Post

It Is Time to Rethink Church Membership

On Sunday night a group of us were discussing the topic of church dropouts, and the question arose, “What is church membership?”

We did not come to any conclusions at the moment, especially since it was technically not the main topic of the hour. I mostly sat and listened without saying anything despite the fact that I have been thinking deeply and reading extensively about the topic for over a year. Read Full Post

You Might Be Stealing Promises…

Have you ever claimed the truth of this verse in your life?

“I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive” (Jeremiah 29:14). Read Full Post

3 Reasons Sunday Sermons Are a Waste of Time

What better way to waste your time on your day of rest than to do it with an ineffective sermon, right?

The Sunday sermon, a cornerstone of modern-day Christian churches, provides an opportunity for believers to gather, reflect, and learn from the teachings of Scripture.

Despite this valuable time of communal worship, however, these sermons may not always lead to the transformative change intended. Read Full Post

The Illusory Effect Destroys Theology

The year: 1692.

The setting: Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts.

Tension and unease filled the air as the sun cast long shadows over the Puritan settlement. An unfortunate, history-altering mysterious affliction befell several young girls.

Their behavior became erratic, marked by spasms, contortions, and eerie visions. Desperate to explain the inexplicable, the girls pointed accusatory fingers at fellow villagers, igniting a spark that would engulf the community in a fervor of paranoia and persecution. Read Full Post