Why Do Churches Have Bells?

What is the reason that some churches have bells? What was the purpose then and what is the purpose now?Bells in the Old Testament Bells were part of the dress of the priests in the Old Testament but what was the purpose of these bells? For those who remained outside of the tabernacle of God, Jewish tradition held that they would continually listen for the sound of the bells. When they heard bells stop ringing, they assumed that the high priest did something wrong in the Holy of Holies and … [Read more...]

Should Churches Use Social Media?

Should churches use social media? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks?Social Media There are so many social media’s out there today that it’s hard to list them all but I’ll try to mention the most popular, and perhaps the most influential. There is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Pinterest, and dozens of others media’s that can be utilized. Christian Quotes (Christianquotes.info) have apps available so that subscribers can receive daily devotionals on their wireless devi … [Read more...]

Should Churches Take Attendance?

Should churches be concerned with taking attendance? Does it matter?David’s Census King David was now king over all Israel and the nation reached the zenith of its power and territory under his reign, so this might be why David decided to take a census. Perhaps he saw the enormity of the nation as an indication of his own power and not God’s sovereignty. Whatever the reason, we know that “Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders … [Read more...]

Should Churches Work Together?

Should churches work together in doing work for the kingdom of God?Having all things in Common The primitive church in the first century shared all that they had with the rest of the church, the body of Christ. And by their benevolence and unity, God gave increase to the church. Luke writes about the very first gathering of the saints of God and writes, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing t … [Read more...]

Should Churches Invest Money In The Stock Market?

Do you think Christians or churches should invest money in the stock market?Investing Christians Nearly everyone that has a 401K, Christian or not, may actually be investing in the stock market and not even know it. Years ago when I worked for the government, I had a 401K that I had spread out over certain areas in the market, but it was a fairly conservative investment. Most of my retirement (now gone to buy a house) was put into money markets, stocks, and some bonds. I didn’t realize that … [Read more...]

Should Churches Disclose Pastor Salary Information To Their Congregation?

Do you think churches should disclose to the church what a pastor makes in his salary?Confidentiality I have counseled hundreds of people over the years and one thing that I promised them and take very seriously is that what they say to me is kept in strict confidence. I don’t share with anyone what someone has told me in private. If they want to share it, that’s fine, but I won’t. I always assume what anyone tells me is for my ears alone and not for anyone else, so a pastor must be above re … [Read more...]