Archives for March 2011

What Is A Baptist? Seven Hallmarks of Faith in Christ

Those who study people’s church-going habits tell us that the average person in America, who moves to a new locale, chooses a church primarily on the basis of its location.  “How close is it to my home and how handy is it to get there?”  That seems to be the overriding question in the minds of folks seeking a new church.

Serious Christians ought to go deeper than this.   Not only: “Where is the church?” but “What does this church teach?”  If a family entrusts its children to a church’s ministries, won’t a concerned parent take note of what the children are being taught? Will not the place accorded to the Bible be carefully noted?  Some years ago, a young woman in our congregation returned from a vacation trip during which she and her family attended a church on Sunday.  She engaged me in conversation about it the Sunday she returned.  As she spoke of her family’s church experience, while on vacation, she seemed dismayed by their experience. [Read more…]

Some Important Thoughts About Being a Baptist

Why Be a Baptist?

You probably know of a church that “used to be a Baptist church” but now goes by another name.  Maybe the new name is “Community Fellowship” or “Abundant Life Church,” or something similar.  But the word “Baptist” is no longer in the name.  This is certainly a growing trend.

Some churches have dropped the Baptist name in recent years in order to appeal to a wider range of the general public.  As the world around us offers more and more leisure-time activities churches and pastors find themselves hard-pressed to bring people under their ministries.   The percentage of population that identifies with any church grows smaller with each passing year. [Read more…]