Tag: church

  • Biblical Principle #114: Israel an Assembly of Nations

    Biblical Principles List Principle God promised Israel would be an assembly of nations. Explanation After Jacob deceived his father, Isaac, to secretly obtain Esau’s blessing, Isaac and Rebekah sent Jacob to Rebekah’s family in Mesopotamia in order to escape Esau’s vengeance. 1 Now Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, saying, “You shall…

  • 5 Simple Yet Powerful Lessons I Learned from My First Sermon

    5 Simple Yet Powerful Lessons I Learned from My First Sermon

    Last week Dad brought me the cassette tape pictured with this article. It contains the recording of my first ever sermon. The date was January 29, 1995, Mom’s birthday weekend. I was 14 years old. Fourteen! Looking back on that experience 21 years ago, as of this writing, and the month of preparation leading up…

  • The Origin of Christmas (How Christmas Became Popular)

    How, exactly, did Christmas begin? A quick Internet search revealed 163 million hits about the origin of Christmas. While I admittedly didn’t take the time to look through 163 million links just now, I have yet to run across an article that neatly connects the dots of history from the apostolic age to the appearance of Christmas. So…

  • Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday?

    Why do Christians worship on Sunday? It’s a simple question and there are a few reasons. Here are three basic reasons why Christians assemble together to worship on Sunday. Reason #1: Christians celebrate their belief that Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the first day of the week. Scripture says: 1 On the first…

  • How to Lead a Great Bible Class

    What makes a Bible class great? What separates effective from ineffective Bible class teachers? Over the years, I’ve often asked myself and others these types of questions. I have publicly taught Bible classes for 20+ years and several years beyond that if I count private studies. While that length of time is not going to…

  • What Does the Bible Really Say about Homosexuality? (An honest, loving look at a controversial topic, from a Christian viewpoint)

    When I initially wrote this post, Apple CEO Tim Cook had recently made headlines by publicly announcing that he was gay. For a variety of reasons, I previously had not written much on the subject of homosexuality here at chasingalion.com. Primarily, I felt that issues pertaining to homosexuality are clear, black-and-white matters in Scripture where there is…

  • Three Keys to Effective Church Meetings (How to Have Great Church Assemblies)

    Today, our church had what I felt was a particularly good assembly. Considering some of our small group were absent, I found the feeling of its special effectiveness intriguing. In a small congregation, each person tends to be deeply valued and appreciated and, when they are absent, their absence tends to be more noticeable than…

  • Must Women be Silent in Church Meetings?

    Does the Bible teach that women must be silent during church meetings? Few topics can stir up as much emotional response among Christians as that of gender roles within the church. In this article, we examine what the Scriptures teach regarding women’s participation in church assemblies.

  • Four Childhood Experiences That Fueled My Desire for Participatory Church

    The following is an excerpt from my e-book House Church Reflections, which you can download free here. … As I reflect on my childhood, I recall four experiences which planted seeds in my heart which contributed to my desire to help start a house church. First, I remember participating with a group of Christians from south…

  • Download House Church Reflections E-Book

    In April 2010, my wife Holly and I helped start a church that meets in our home in Montgomery, Alabama. For several reasons that decision was, by far, the most difficult one I had made in my life and has, to this point, been among the most fulfilling. As that church’s fourth anniversary was approaching,…