Children

Let The Little Children Come To Me

This devotional post was written by our Children’s Ministry Director, Samantha Trevino. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 19.14 In Matthew 18.1-5, the disciples come before the Lord asking to know who the greatest in the Kingdom of…

Sola Gratia

Sola Gratia

The Reformers were confronted with this idea of grace alone because of their understanding of God’s righteousness. Before Martin Luther nailed his theses, the position of the Western Church (vis-à-vis the Roman Catholic Church) believed that humans had to attain to God’s perfect righteousness. For example, according to Roman Catholicism, the sacraments – both baptism…

Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura

One of the key tenants of the Protestant Reformation, among others, was the idea of Sola Scriptura – the Bible alone is the supreme authority for the Christian life. On October 31st, 1517, a German monk and priest named Martin Luther nailed a document to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This document contained 95…

How To Talk To Your Kids About Race

How To Talk About Race With Your Kids

Michelle Reyes, Ph.D. and wife of Pastor Aaron Reyes, has written an article for Christianity Today Women, entitled, “How to Talk About Race with Your Kids: Children naturally notice differences—and that is a good thing.” Here is an excerpt from the article: “My toddler is incredibly aware of the fact that his mommy is brown.…

Uncovering Our Racial History

Uncovering Our Country’s Racist History

Toward a Theology of Racial Reconciliation (Part 1) Just last week, as most of you know, the racial tensions in our country boiled over into violent, racist protests and deadly skirmishes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thankfully, immediately afterwards, many prominent voices throughout the evangelical world condemned the violence and the white supremacist groups and ideology behind it.…

Elders

Why Does The Church Need Elders?

Why does the church need elders? This is a question that many people have asked us – perhaps you are wondering the same thing. To get at the heart of that question, we would actually first expand that question to this: Why has God designed the church to have elders? Why are they needed? There…

women elders

Why Can’t Women Be Elders?

Let’s talk about some of the hardest verses in the Bible, and by that we mean the verses that say women cannot serve in the office of elders and of pastor. Why does the Bible make this restriction? Is it good? Is it bad? Does this restriction treat women as lesser than men? The best…

Elders

How Should You Treat Your Elders?

In last week’s post at The Art of Taleh, we talked about why the church should even have elders. This week, we want to address how you should treat your elders (pastor included) in response. FIRST, PRAY THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS (SEE HEBREWS 13:18). Pray for their marriages, for…