Numbers Matter – As you know, when some people are discussing church growth or issues related to worship gathering attendance, someone always throws in a “numbers don’t matter” response and point us to consider it as a “matter of the heart.” I think I’d make several distinguishing clarifications to what Harvey Turner says here, but this is a good reminder that it’s not as simple as saying numbers don’t matter. I think numbers do matter and that we need to just as forcefully recognize that numbers are not outright evidence of spiritual health or actual biblical conversion taking place. It can be, but not always. And it’s absolutely crazy to suggest that numbers don’t matter at all. The book of Acts suggests otherwise (cf. Acts 1:15; 2:41, 47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; etc.).
Thinking Through Your Church’s Mercy Ministry – Excellent words of advice from Kevin DeYoung.
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There is lots of controversy surrounding the recent invitation extended to T. D. Jakes from James MacDonald – MacDonald invited Jakes to The Elephant Room. Nathan Busenitz has addressed this. Carl Trueman has addressed this. Jonathan Moorhead has addressed this. Thabiti Anyabwile wrote what I think is probably the most detailed evaluation of why this is a significant issue, along with Anthony Carter’s. Of course, James MacDonald responded (twice). Mark Driscoll then added his support for the invitation. Tom Chantry wrote an “open letter” to MacDonald. No surprise that Phil Johnson considers this “playing nice with heretics.” Tim Challies raises really helpful questions. James MacDonald has requested prayer for this event. Finally, Justin Taylor has weighed in. Yeah, quite the controversy. In my opinion, I think Jakes is most certainly a heretic and that The Elephant Room needs to change it’s organization information if it is going to continue to have conversations like this, which I think is a good thing. Having Jakes for a discussion is great. Giving the impression that everyone is Christ-loving Christians is quite the opposite.
Luke is a pastor-theologian living in northern California, serving as a co-lead pastor with his life, Dawn, at the Red Bluff Vineyard. Father of five amazing kids, when Luke isn’t hanging with his family, reading or writing theology, he moonlights as a fly fishing guide for Confluence Outfitters. He blogs regularly at LukeGeraty.com and regularly contributes to his YouTube channel.