November 21, 2017

Courting Disaster

Carolene Esayenko Recently someone sent me an article that caught my attention. It was a clipping from a local arts and entertainment newspaper, and it featured a close childhood friend of mine. Naturally, it was of great interest to me. We had grown up together, attending the same church, school, and even Bible college. As […]

Times Are Changing, Must We Change with the Times?

Don Johnson The first paragraph of Micah contains a stirring indictment: Micah 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: […]

The Ethics of Change

Don Johnson As a final follow-up to my piece on What to do When Your Church Leaves You, I want to talk about the ethics of change. We know that change is inevitable. We know we resist change for various reasons. Not all change is bad, sometimes changing times demand change for the new circumstances. […]

What to Do When Your Church Leaves You

Don Johnson I recently had a conversation with a friend who expressed his appreciation for Proclaim & Defend and other ministries of the FBFI. Of course, one always likes to hear accolades, but behind my friend’s compliment lay dissatisfaction with the trending development of his local church. His church was still “the only alternative” in […]

God is Concerned about Externals

Don Johnson In a recent article, I wrote about the motivations for change that accompany our conversion. There is little doubt that change is part of conversion. After all, the preachers of the Bible call their hearers (and us) to faith and repentance. Repentance is nothing if nothing changes. Biblical Christianity is not a ‘come […]

The Motivation for Change

Don Johnson How many sermons have you heard from Romans 12.1-2? I’ve lost count. Do you wonder why you hear so much preaching from this passage? (And no, I don’t think it is simply because it’s the go-to passage for Bible college chapel services full of young people hungry to know “the will of God […]