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The Sickness in Discernment Ministries

Dr. Randy White In the past few years, a new form of ministry has emerged called discernment ministry. Make no mistake, it has become a big business, providing the livelihood for many men and women who are making their living as the world’s theological police. Discernment is sorely needed. We are in an era in the church in which discernment is utterly lacking. The church has a generation or two of Christians who have had a steady diet of felt need sermons filled with life-application. These Christians have little to no [...]

How to Leave a Church

Dr. Randy White Previously, I wrote about How to Join a Church, but there comes a time, for most, when they must leave a church. Sometimes the church just doesn't turn out to be what it appeared to be on the surface. Whether you joined too quickly or the church is one of the many who is trying to be "all things to all people," meaning that their presentation to you was just what you wanted to hear but not the reality of the church, you may have joined the wrong [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|0 Comments

How to Join a Church

Dr. Randy White Almost everyone has had the experience of searching for and finally settling into a new church from time to time. As a pastor of over 25 years, I've welcomed well over 1,000 new members and countless more new "faithful attendees" in churches I've served.  I want to share a few words about how to join a new church from a pastor's perspective. I will use the words join and member in a pretty broad scope since some churches have formal membership and others do not. (That would be an article for another [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

Why Church Planting Should Not Be Funded

In a rather "accidental series," I've written an evaluation of the church planting movement, followed by my thoughts on why your church won't be able to find a pastor, and then gave some instructions on how to start a home church. Each of these articles had the common thread of the dismay over the condition of the church in our day. Now I'd like to complete these thoughts with a further word about church planting. I am convinced that the church planting movement, with all its failures, has been responsible for [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|0 Comments

How to Start a Home Church

In my last article, I wrote about the difficulty your church will have finding a pastor in the future, especially if it is a small to medium sized church. In previous articles, I've written about why I couldn't join most churches. With these kinds of problems, now it is time to write about How to Start a Home Church. A Bible Believer's Biggest Problem Without a doubt, the largest number of emails, letters, and phone calls I've received over the past few years has been on the topic of finding a local [...]

Why Your Church Won’t Be Able to Find a Pastor

For many small to medium-sized churches, it is already difficult to find a pastor. And, unfortunately, I see the time coming when it is almost impossible for biblically solid churches to find a pastor. I already know of a handful of small churches that are looking for a pastor, want a pastor, and can even pay a pastor, but they simply can’t find a pastor. What is the problem? The church culture is completely at odds with Biblical teaching, and the social culture is at odds with the church. The smaller [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|5 Comments

Evaluating the Church Planting Movement: The Failure Nobody Wants to Talk About

It's time for someone to say, "The Emperor Has No Clothes." That emperor is the church planting movement, and this article is about the failure nobody wants to talk about. Church planting has been the rage of North American mission work for this generation. Almost every North American mission agency has given priority to church planting in urban and suburban areas. This movement began in the 1980s, probably spurred on by the "success" of Willow Creek in Chicago and Saddleback in California. The ones who pay the bills for this movement are [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|0 Comments

Dispensationalism for Dummies | Three Simple Principles for Biblical Interpretation

  A recent New York Times article focused on Bart Campolo (son of famed leftist Christian preacher Tony Campolo) as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. Raised under the “Red Letter Christianity” taught by his dad, the younger Campolo tried and eventually rejected the social justice brand of Christianity that was all he ever knew. Campolo struggled with the fact that an almighty and benevolent God would allow sexual abuse and other evil social ills. He left the faith and is attempting to recreate the social environment of [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|5 Comments

Why Right-Wing Commentators Duped You on Gold

Dr. Randy White Warning: This article goes against common conservative thought. For the past decade or so, right-wing commentators have been encouraging their listeners to buy gold for the upcoming economic crisis. Many of you did, and now you possess gold that is of no more value than when you purchased it, if you’re lucky. Furthermore, the economic crisis, which was just over the horizon, didn’t come, and you’re still using the U.S. Dollar like you always did. In fact, your debit card works, your checks are accepted (although no one [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|Articles, Current Events|13 Comments

Why the Curse of Genesis 3:15 is Central to Understanding the Bible

The third chapter of Genesis covers what’s generally known as the fall of man. After Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil within the garden of Eden, Eve is tempted by Satan (in the form of a serpent) to eat that fruit. Adam quickly follows suit, and then everything goes sideways. When God confronts the pair with their actions, he curses them. Yet if you read through the chapter too quickly, you might miss the central importance in the middle [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|3 Comments