Since beginning my work at Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa the last Sunday of May 2014 the congregation has had three "Meet the Ministers" fellowships. One was a Homemade Ice Cream Social after assembly one Sunday evening. The other two have been smaller groups either at someone's home or at the building. There is … Continue reading Meet the Minister
Yesterday and Friday's posts both had over 100 readers. Thanks, I pray that my thoughts are challenging you and encouraging you to be a better servant of God. Today's post is for you personally. Are you a Christian? Maybe the first thing I should do is define who is a Christian. There is in our … Continue reading Are We Christians?
While studying for a lesson on the church that I am giving next week, I came across this post from a few years ago. I made some slight alterations to the post and share it with you anew. What is the church of Christ? Admittedly, I feel completely inadequate to publish an answer. The answer … Continue reading Defining the church of Christ
Yesterday, For lunch I went to Moe's Southwest a Grill in Tuscaloosa. I was impressed. Not by the cleanliness of the restaurant, although it was clean. Not but the quesadilla, although it was good. Not by the location, although it was convenient. I was impressed with the employees. I know that what happens is part … Continue reading Impressed
(For readers that have followed for a few years, this is a re-post form 2012) If you are looking for a church to call home, I have a list of things to look for in a home congregation. This is a short list of list of five things. These all come from Acts 2:42-27. “And … Continue reading Looking for a Church to Call Home?
Lawrence and Olivia would not consider themselves great neighbors, but they felt they were friendly. One morning they discussed how they could improve and concluded that they should make a better effort at being friendly. Later that month Olivia noticed a moving van at the house across the street. Having baked a couple of loaves … Continue reading A Friendly Church
There is plenty of church growth material available in the form of books, online research, lectures, etc. Many of them offer great advice and strategies to bring seekers and the unchurched to your congregation. Some books focus on different programs. Some focus on what one might call gimmicks or marketing campaigns. Others break down research … Continue reading A Welcoming Church Atmosphere
Yesterday we looked at four reasons that people are leaving churches. Now the question remains; What can churches do? First churches must return to the basics. When the church at Ephesus became mis-focused after a few years, Jesus encourages them through the Apostle to “return to your first love.” This concept needs proclaiming from the … Continue reading Why are they leaving? What can we do?
Many years ago, even before men like Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, or any other American Restoration Movement leader said it; and even before the "Paulicans" in Britain and France circa A.D. 500-1200, there were men calling those who would follow Christ to follow only the Scriptures as their guide for life, congregational … Continue reading Why Do We Fight Each Other?
The last two weeks were a wonderful experience for me and my son Andrew. We participated in a mission trip and youth camp in Ecuador. The people and the scenery were both beautiful and the experience is beneficial in so many ways. First, We were thrilled to meet brothers and sisters in Christ from all … Continue reading Home Again!