The Biblical Institute believes three things. 1. That the church is God's chosen vehicle for saving the world. The church isn't perfect; it is filled with & led by imperfect people. But it is the means God has chosen. 2. That churches are healthier if they are led by men & women who are educated, … Continue reading Why Do We Do?
Ministry in places other than the USA can be stressful. Don't get me wrong. I love being in Croatia, and I love exploring the surrounding countries. This morning I rode the FlixBus through Slovenia to Graz, Austria. It's a beautiful trip, the hills & trees are just getting dressed in their fall colors. So I … Continue reading Ich esse bei McDonald’s (I Am Eating at McDonald’s)
A digression: I've been talking about healthy and unhealthy church culture. Here is a list of characteristics of a healthy church. Some of these were suggested by friends on Facebook; I have given credit where due. What are the marks of a healthy church? Members feel responsible for the activity of the church, they don't … Continue reading Signs of a Healthy Church
(Continued from Wednesday) EVERY church has a culture. Church culture starts with the way leaders view themselves and their calling. It works its way down through the volunteers to the children, through everyone who attends or participates in the life of the church. It includes not just people but the way the church communicates, how … Continue reading Why Should You Care? pt 4
Last week, I wrote that the second reason American Christians should care about the health of the evangelical church in Croatia is that the work of establishing a strong evangelical culture here is unfinished. Missionaries and Croatian church leaders have done heroic work here. They have established congregations, ministries, and schools. They have baptized brilliant, … Continue reading Why Should You Care? pt 3
I'm still working on the next installment in the "Why American Christians Should Care about the Evangelical Church in Croatia" series. Budgeting & planning for 2020 has delayed that post. But in the meantime ... Hot sports opinion: It's absolutely insane to send a single person, or even a husband & wife team, to plant … Continue reading Never Solo!
Should Western / American Christians care about the health of the evangelical community in Croatia? (The following comments are addressed at a Western [primarily American] Christian audience.) There is a second reason that you should care about the health of the evangelical church in Croatia. The second reason is this: the work of establishing a strong … Continue reading Why Should You Care? pt 2