Jeff Strite

The Worship of Singing and What It Should Really Be All About

There’s a Chinese proverb that says “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” And every Christian should sing (whether we’re good at it or not) because we—of all people—have a song. As Ephesians 5:19 says “(we should be) addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” Singing is a powerful way to praise…

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Publish or Perish: an Insight on Church Newsletters (Part Two)

Back in the 1800’s the Disciples of Christ (which was what our brotherhood was known as back then) was the fastest growing and most vibrant religious group in the United States. Why? Because it had two things going for it. First it had a simple and superior theology (things like “where the Bible speaks we speak” and “no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible and no law but Love”) and second, it had…

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What is God's Will?

Publish or Perish: an Insight on Church Newsletters (Part One)

At the last congregation I served, I inherited a problem. The church planned to build a new foyer and sanctuary, but a third of the congregation had been persuaded to oppose this building project by a couple trouble-makers who spread false rumors about the high rates of insurance they’d have to pay. I went out and asked insurance companies how much the extra insurance would cost, and then I published that information in the next…

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Who Is in Charge at Your Church?

I recently had a conversation with a man named John who’d been attending our congregation for a few weeks. He was puzzled by the fact that I didn’t go by the term “Pastor” and he was trying to ask probing questions that would help him understand how things worked in our congregation: “Who’s in charge at your church?” John asked. “Jesus” I replied. “No,” he responded. “I mean who is the Pastor here?” “We have…

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What Does Hermeneutics Mean

God Did Not Send Restoration Movement Pastors and Preachers to Baptize

Did God send Independent Christian Church preachers and pastors to baptize? A friend of mine doesn’t believe water baptism is involved in our salvation and he used Paul’s comment, “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel …” (1 Corinthians 1:17) to prove his point. Apostle Paul Wasn’t Sent to Baptize If Paul wasn’t sent to baptize, baptism (my friend said) can’t be all that important. But that argument has never…

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  • Galatians 6:2 October 23, 2019
    “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
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