Resources by Bobby Harrington:
The Basis for Church Unity In the New Testament, the favorite word used to describe the people of God is the word church. It is a translation of the Greek word ekklesia, which literally means “those called out.” In biblical times, it was a favorite word used to describe a meeting or gathering of people, as “the called out people,”... Bobby Harrington
The Most Important Habit for 2020 I like New Year’s resolutions. About 60% of Americans will join with me and make them over the next few days as we head into 2020. Here is the most important one that you can make: read the Bible daily. It is the single biggest predictor of your spiritual growth in 2020. This fact has... Bobby Harrington
The Original Christmas Christmas was a really, really big deal for me growing up. December 24-25th were magical days. I can still see the Canadian snow glistening as it reflected the Christmas lights. I can smell the food at family gatherings as my grandmother helped prepare delicious meals. I can still hear my mother singing Christmas carols off-key... Bobby Harrington
What’s a Biblical Disciple to Do with Trump? On Wednesday, December 18, President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives, and now he is slated for a trial in the Senate. How should a Biblical disciple respond to Trump? Let’s start with an analogy: No one that day expected a blazing meteor the size of a 6-story building to break up over...
You Need a Tribe: 5 Reasons People Are Joining the Renew.org Gathering You live in a world that is changing. Fast. As a disciple of Jesus, you face many new challenges. Old categories aren’t holding. Long-held beliefs, morals, and behaviors have changed seemingly overnight. Even the meaning of “church” and “justice” have morphed. Communication is now mostly digital. Zoom is in; face-to-face is out. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook,... Bobby Harrington
Can ANY Christian Become a Disciple Maker? As we look at those who made disciples in the New Testament, it’s clear that disciple making isn’t limited to certain personality types, careers, callings, or ages. We don’t really know the variety of vocations and personality types in the New Testament, but we know that: Peter—was outspoken and impulsive. Barnabas— was warm and accepting.... Bobby Harrington
A Pastor’s 4 Reflections on Joshua Harris’s Latest Goodbye My (Bobby’s) children grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They remember… WWJD Bracelets DC Talk, Jars of Clay, and Steven Curtis Chapman Big youth groups and youth camps And then there was Joshua Harris’s book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. As parents, Cindy and I asked them to read it because we remembered...
4 Things I Would Like to Say to Taylor Swift as a Pastor June was a big month for Taylor Swift as she embraced LGBTQ month, making big political statements and releasing a hit song designed to influence the national conversation around LGBTQ issues. “You Need to Calm Down” is a hit song targeting Christians and others who object to LGBTQ lifestyles. She wants such people to calm... Bobby Harrington
Starting a Transparency Group The Quick Start Guide provides the key elements that you need to start a group. 7 steps to start a group. How to begin with depth and transparency. Study material for the group that is easily available from Amazon.com. A… Bobby Harrington
Comparing New Testament Interpretations with the Church Fathers Just a few months ago, I (Bobby) was a part of a meeting where national church leaders discussed/debated the essential definition of church (the subject of “minimum ecclesiology”). After all, if we are going to plant churches together, then we need to have a shared definition of a church. One of the leaders stated that...
The Historical Evidence for the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus – Evidence for Easter Part 3 The historicity of Jesus and the major events of his life have been corroborated by ancient historians, even those who were non-Christian (click here for part 1). We also know that the two major leaders who authorized Jesus’ death—Caiaphas and Pilate—were real people, and that they lived in the exact place and time scripture says... Bobby Harrington
First Century Tombs Although it is impossible to know for sure if Constantine’s officials identified the exact tomb of Jesus in the early 300s, we have every reason to think we have access to the location they believed was Jesus’ tomb. We are… Bobby Harrington
The Historicity of the Two Men Who Authorized Jesus’ Death – Evidence for Easter Part 2 The truth of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is supremely important. But the position a person takes on these events should not be a matter of pride, arrogance, or blind faith. It should be a matter of fact. The Koran says that Jesus did not die on the cross. The New Testament says he did.... Bobby Harrington
Caiaphas’ House The Bible tells us that Caiaphas was the Jewish high priest under whom Jesus stood trial. Matthew 26:57 describes it this way: ”Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the… Bobby Harrington