Mockingbird Christianity

By some reports, a male mockingbird can learn and effectively mimic more than 180 different calls or sounds over the course of just a few months. They are indeed adept mimickers. With that illustration in mind, we ought to consider the question: Are churches today filled with mockingbird Christians?

Whose Church?

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. Every believer is a member of the Body of Christ. The local assembly where we gather to worship is a small flock among many that, when combined, compose the whole of Christ’s Church. Yet, while many agree with this in word, this principle is functionally denied by the near-worship and über-admiration of their pastor, to the point that they identify themselves, not as members of Christ’s body, but as members of a specific man’s “church.”

Unshakeable Joy Because of What Is to Come

Why can believers live lives so full of joy? This joy is not mere happiness, which waxes and wanes with changing circumstances; rather, this is a trusting confidence found in the Lord alone. The Christian's unshakeable joy is founded on His character and on His promises.

Unshakeable Joy Because of Who God Is

The character and nature of God run deeper than even His unfathomable sovereignty. It is the culmination of the entirety of His magnificent attributes that provides the full foundation of our trust and hope in Him, and that serves as the justification for our unshakeable joy in all circumstances.

On the Dangers of Distorting God's Grace

When the gospel is presented in anger, the grace of God and His mercy toward and love for sinners cannot be seen. When Bible teaching is characterized by to-do lists and instructions that even dictate one's emotions, there is no room for God's grace. It is suffocated by man's rules and expectations. The student sitting under this teaching is far too busy attempting to measure up; he is too consumed to even consider that, when he stumbles, there is grace. In fact, I daresay that the reaction of many individuals exposed to this type of teaching is more of a reaction of fear of man than fear of God.

Unshakeable Joy in Times of Trial

We delight when life brings ease, comfort, and good news, and we thank God for restful times of joy. Yet, Scripture promises that our earthly lives may not always be defined by favorable circumstances. The good news for the Christian, however, is that she can still have unshakeable joy, even in times of trial.

What's In a Name?

Today, our names act as a label; a name is rarely chosen as a means of defining our individual character. In days long ago, however, names carried far more significance. In the Bible especially, one can see that names were far more than mere labels.

Rome Killed Women, Too

We often hear of the great martyrs of the faith throughout church history. Yet, so often these lists contain primarily the names of men—great, revered men, to whom Christians today owe a great deal. It is important to remember, however, that many women also have died for their faith throughout history.

Dedicated Pastors Produce Discerning Sheep

Throughout the ages, God graciously has blessed His Church with gifted, committed men who have offered their lives to the service of the Lord and the proclamation of His Word. Faithful shepherds of Christ's sheep, they are models of truth and commitment.
 

What God Says About His Word

Far too many professing evangelicals today are willing to undermine and compromise the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God. It simply is not popular for a man to state unabashedly that the Bible is true, that it means what it says, and that men are subject to the truths contained within it. Yet, when we consider what God says about His Word, we realize that, as Christians, it is not only our duty, but our privilege to remain faithful to this gift.

Affirming Sola Scriptura

The authority of God's Word has been under attack since the beginning of time (Gen. 3:1). While it is devastating to see the world, in its hatred and distaste for Christ and His Word, denigrate the Scriptures, it is perhaps more infuriating when such attacks come from those who profess some sort of faith in Christ.