If worship is important to God, then it should be important to us as well.  One of the early Reformers, John Calvin, believed that the doctrine of worship ranks ahead of the article of justification in importance, and comprises the entire substance of the Christian life.  Worship is arguably ourContinue Reading

I have already drawn attention to the fact that the elder qualifications in Titus 1.5-9 have many things in common with moral virtues expected from upstanding pagan citizens in the ancient world of Greece.  (This is one piece of evidence for the fact that even non-Christians know something of God’sContinue Reading

What comes to mind when you think about qualifications for elders in the church?  Ultra-spiritual?  Other worldly?  Or perhaps irrelevance? In Titus 1.5-9, Paul sets forth qualifications for elders. At first glance, they seem very ordinary and perhaps even out of place in the letter.  In fact, as it turnsContinue Reading