Randy Alcorn's Blog: Church

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.

Marvin Olasky on Being on Guard in Our Churches

By Randy Alcorn | August 10, 2015
Editor-in-chief of the World News Group, Marvin Olasky, writes insightfully on the subject of churches and what constitutes true grace and compassion when it comes to gay marriages.

The Trend in the Church Towards Silence

By Randy Alcorn | March 30, 2015
Ephesians 4:15 tells us we need to “speak the truth in love.” As Christ-followers, we are not to choose between being loving and being truthful.