The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Church Membership: What is the point?

Many have asked me over the years, questions like, “Why should I belong to a church?” or, “Is church membership biblical?” All churches used to have membership, but today many do not. Is membership an outdated tradition, or are there some sound, even biblical reasons for continuing it?


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Baptism: Why are we so confused?

There is no doubt that Jesus commanded His disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) to be baptized. So why are professing Christians, in increasing numbers, refusing baptism? I suspect it is because confusion dominates the issue: Confusion over the mode of baptism (sprinkling, pouring, immersion).


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Keeping the Faith

The author of Hebrews encourages us, in light of the many testimonials to God’s faithfulness, to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2a, ESV).


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Measuring the Immeasurable

There are days when it seems like nothing goes our way, and when everything we look to do is either stopped or detoured. There are times when we wonder just where God is in life’s equation.


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The Generous Life

Many, if not most folks tend to be seasonal givers, event givers, ad hoc givers. We tend to give when the hat or plate is passed, when we feel guilty, when we hear of some special need, or around Christmas, when giving is a tradition.


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Rethinking Castles

Castles dot the landscape in Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, The United Kingdom, Switzerland. Virtually everywhere, their presence is a stately, haunting reminder of ancient wars, cultures in crisis, and fear.


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And the winner is. . .

The entry originally prepared for today was a short piece on baptism. But I feel a little like Jude must have felt when he wrote (verse 3) that his little epistle had to be changed due to current events:


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“I hate change!”

It sometimes seems that our greatest fear is newness, and we cling like moss to the rocks of our past. Of course it is not newness itself that we fear, for new cars and new jobs and second chances refresh us all.


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Walking by Faith

On one of my first trips to Moldova, as I searched for my departure gate at Charles de Gaulle, I made eye contact with an elderly man. He was pulling a wheeled carry-on, and over one shoulder was a small, but heavy, backpack.


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Are we popular?

Just after we had moved to Pennsylvania, as I was making my first purchase at a local business, the owner asked my occupation. When I told him I was a pastor at The Blue Church, he (a lifelong resident of the area) replied, “That’s a pretty popular church, isn’t it?”


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