What is and isn’t a Church?

What is and isn’t a Church?

What makes the local visible church distinct, recognizable or different from say a para-church institution? In other words what are the marks of the local church? What is and isn’t a church? The Belgic Confession says (Article 29) “The true church can be...

What is Sacramental Ecclesiology?

One of my favorite works addressing Evangelical ecclesiology is found in The Community of the Word. It has several fascinating essays toward an Evangelical ecclesiology, including one written by Ellen T. Charry, “Sacramental Ecclesiology.” She writes,...

Would You Add Anything?

Roger Olson recently wrote about the different behaviors that he thinks should cause someone to run from a congregation. I think this is a great conversation to have. So here are my suggestions for “behaviors that should cause people to RUN from a congregation...

Gregg Allison on the Definition of the Church…

Allison writes, “The church is the people of God who have been saved through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and have been incorporated into his body through baptism with the Holy Spirit. It consists of two interrelated elements: the universal church is the...