The following articles, essays, and statements provide much needed clarity and biblical wisdom as they address various issues relating to Scripture, culture, ethics, politics, and church life.
In addition to our church’s own statements regarding various biblical, theological, and cultural issues, this is a list of articles and essays written by other pastors, churches, and biblical scholars. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but simply addresses specific issues pertinent to our cultural environment and local ministry context.
Life in the Local Church
- How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members
Church membership isn’t simply a status you receive, or a club you join, but an “office” you step into.This edition of the 9Marks Journal is filled with articles explaining how Christians can do their “job” of building up their local church.
- News as Spiritual Deformation
- A convicting and important look at the news we consume, how it shapes us, how it inoculates us against actual engagement with real people, and what we can do about it.
Ethics and Culture
- Four Approaches to Race, Politics, and Gender
Four approaches to race, politics, and gender to help you think through the issues clearly, charitably, and carefully.
- Thinking Theologically About Racial Tensions: Life Together in the Church
15 suggestions that serve as reminders for our polarized, politicized, and digitized world.
- A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory
A helpful biblical critique of differing versions of secular justice and critical theory while also proving a biblical view of justice (don’t forget to read the footnotes at the end)
- Ethnic Harmony Affirmations and Denials
A statement on ethnic harmony written by the elders at Bethlehem Baptist Church
- Manhood & Womanhood Affirmations and Denials
A statement on manhood and womanhood written by the elders at Bethlehem Baptist Church
- Recommended Resources on Transgender
Solid resources tackling an incredibly complicated and pressing cultural issue.