Why Are Conservative Churches Growing?

Judith Shulevitz wants to know why conservative churches are strong and growing. Writing in the May 12, 2005 edition of Slate, Shulevitz shares the confusion of many on the secular left in wondering why strict religious movements appear to be growing while more liberal movements decline.

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The Disappearance of Church Discipline–How Can We Recover? Part Four

When should the church exercise church discipline? In one sense, a form of redemptive church discipline is exercised whenever the Bible is taught and the truth of God's Word is applied to the lives of believers. Nevertheless, a more personal and confrontational mode of discipline is required when sin threatens the faithfulness, integrity, and witness of God's people.

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The Disappearance of Church Discipline–How Can We Recover? Part Two

The disappearance of church discipline has weakened the church and compromised Christian witness. The church's abdication of its moral responsibility has also lead to public humiliation before the watching world. Any road to recovery will take the church through a rediscovery of the biblical and theological foundations for congregational discipline.

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The Disappearance of Church Discipline–How Can We Recover? Part One

The decline of church discipline is perhaps the most visible failure of the contemporary church. No longer concerned with maintaining purity of confession or lifestyle, the contemporary church sees itself as a voluntary association of autonomous members, with minimal moral accountability to God, much less to each other.

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Should a Church Discipline Members Over Politics?

The controversy centered in a small Baptist church in North Carolina may well be a sign of things to come. None of us wants to see churches identified as “Republican Baptists” and “Democratic Baptists.” And yet, blithe reassurances that this issue is ridiculously superficial simply will not do.

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