Reflections from a Homeless Man’s Funeral

Dr. Randy White This week I officiated a funeral for a homeless man. It was a sociologists dream. Every "misfit" you could imagine was in the small crowd. Several of the men I had met previously just because I'm the pastor of the church on the "main drag," so I was somewhat familiar with a few of them. Others I had never seen. It was a very "free flowing" service, to say the least. Since homeless people like to talk, and since I didn't know the man, I let people share [...]

By |2017-08-31T04:24:32+00:00August 31st, 2017|Articles, Current Events, Ministry Updates|0 Comments

Why the Purpose Driven Cult Doesn’t Lead to Meaningful Lives

Dr. Randy White Somewhere in the past 40 years “Purpose” has become our god. I suppose Rick Warren revealed this god more than he invented it in his wildly successful book, The Purpose Driven Life. Somewhere, having Purpose (yes, I’m capitalizing it on purpose, since it has taken a god-like status) became a “must have” for western culture. Earlier this year, Facebook tycoon (and socialism advocate) Mark Zuckerberg spoke at the Harvard University commencement, saying, “Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard [...]

By |2017-08-07T20:46:40+00:00August 7th, 2017|Articles, Current Events, Devotionals|4 Comments

The Value of Biblical Exposition in Evangelism

Dr. Randy White Once upon a time, churches met on Sunday mornings for “preaching services.” In these services, preachers preached the Word of God, often verse-by-verse. They were chiefly teachers of the Word, and the faithful attenders were the eager students. They carried their Bible, took notes, and (over time) became experts of the Scriptures. Then, a thing called the Church Growth Movement changed all that. The Sunday morning service changed from the “Preaching Service” to the “Worship Service,” which eventually changed to the “Worship Gathering,” and further changed to simply, [...]

The Sickness in Discernment Ministries

Dr. Randy White NOTE: This article has received criticism both here and here To both ministries, I reached out with a personal contact, giving my personal cell number, and expressing a desire to discuss the issues at hand. With Lighthouse Trails Research Project, I expressed my appreciation for their ministry (they are a good one) and offered to edit the article below, taking any suggestions they might have. The full response from Deborah Dombrowski was, "We don’t have anything to discuss with you about your article as we have already posted [...]

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 |2017-04-24T19:28:18+00:00April 24th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|2 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 |2017-04-24T19:36:56+00:00April 18th, 2017|Articles|3 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 |2017-03-30T08:53:33+00:00March 30th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|2 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 |2017-01-18T09:55:07+00:00January 18th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|8 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 |2017-01-12T14:55:04+00:00January 12th, 2017|Articles, Current Events|0 Comments