Archive for October, 2012

Cultural Ecclesiology

Posted on October 4, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I have been amazed to observe year after year the greatest rates of church growth are taking place among previously unreached people groups. Most church planting movements are being recorded in places where the gospel is being planted and there is no historic precedent of the church. Even in places of unusual evangelistic harvest CPMs are rare and church growth is slow.

I have come to the conclusion that one of the greatest detriments to church growth is “cultural ecclesiology.” Most cultures have an historical expression of what a church is that is thoroughly ingrained in the perceptions of Christians and non-Christians alike. It usually entails an institutional form and criteria superfluous to any biblical model and definition. Unfortunately, early …

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When We are Home…

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Travel continues to be the norm. Last month a two-week, 3,000 mile road trip to the Carolinas was followed by a train trip to Chicago. With only a day and a half in between it was a rush to wash clothes, catch up on mail and business, repack for a cooler climate and leave again. So, what do we do when we are home? We have enjoyed a week down home in Mississippi before hitting the road again to South Carolina for a CIU board meeting this week and then flying to a weekend mission conference in Peoria, Illinois.

Probably the greatest blessing is the fellowship at our home church and hearing good biblical preaching. On Sunday night the congregation …

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