Randy Alcorn's Blog: Church

Ray Ortlund on What Makes a Gospel-Centered Church

By Randy Alcorn | March 17, 2017
I deeply appreciate Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., just as I did his father and mother, who I’ve mentioned before. I have really enjoyed Ray’s powerful little book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, which I would highly recommend to anyone desiring to start or help refocus a church on the Gospel.

What Should We Think About Holy Laughter?

By Randy Alcorn | January 18, 2017
When I was recently asked my opinion about holy laughter, I was surprised, since I thought of it as something that happened in the 90’s, as part of what was called “The Toronto Blessing,” and I wasn’t familiar with people practicing it today.  Since then I’ve discovered it is still a common part of some conferences and churches.

We Need Honest Discussions About Race in the Church

By Randy Alcorn | January 13, 2017
Racial unity is a topic that I’m glad to see more churches in our country addressing. Still, there’s much work to be done. I agree everyone needs Jesus and that makes all the difference. Yet many whites and blacks who do love Jesus with all their hearts feel alienated from each other when they hear one another talk about race.

When It Is and Isn’t Plagiarism

By Randy Alcorn | September 19, 2016
From time to time, I’m reminded of how common it is for people to believe a writer or speaker stole his or her material. Sometimes material is indeed used word for word without crediting the source, and this is unethical. But other times, people assume an idea or material has been stolen when it isn't the case.

Gospel Doctrine Creates Gospel Culture

By Randy Alcorn | December 23, 2015
Sometimes I read something that is beautifully worded and right on target. These insights from Ray Ortlund, on churches as gospel culture, is terrific.

The Reluctant Churchman: C. S. Lewis

By Randy Alcorn | November 2, 2015
We need to recognize the value of the local church, and not abandon it despite all its imperfections (and each of us is included in those imperfections).

Joy Forney on Finding and Being Community

By Randy Alcorn | October 12, 2015
Joy Hlavka Forney and her husband Dave, along with their children, serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Uganda, East Africa. The Forneys are quality people and in this article Joy said things that really resonate with me. 

Why Churches Should Study Systematic Theology

By Randy Alcorn | September 21, 2015
Over nearly four decades in my church (a church that has always taught and emphasized God’s Word), I’ve seen a noticeable, even startling, reduction in the average person’s grasp of biblical truth.