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Reformed Church Growth

In this episode we speak with Drew Dinardo, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church Coral Springs-Margate, FL about the challenges of planting and growing reformed churches.

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Bibliography

Anyabwile, Thabiti M. The Decline of African American Theology : From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2007.

—. The Faithful Preacher : Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2006.

—. What is a Healthy Church Member? Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008.

Carter, Anthony J. On Being Black and Reformed : A New Perspective on the African-American Christian Experience. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub., 2003.

Carter, Anthony J., Ken Jones, and Michael Leach. Experiencing the Truth : Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008.

Eswine, Zack. Preaching to a Post-Everything World : Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with Our Culture. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2008.

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12 years ago

[…] on Reformed church growth: the newest episode of Christ the Center, an interview with Drew Dinardo, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Margate, […]

Wayne Roberts

11 years ago

This may have been pointed out already, but you were confusing Anthony Carter with Anthony Bradley. Anthony Bradley is associated with the Acton Institute and prof at Covenant Seminary. Anthony Carter is associate pastor at Southwest Bible Fellowship in Atlanta.

Jeff Waddington

11 years ago

Wayne

Yes, you are correct. I realized after the fact that I had confused two different men. I would encourage all to read both of them!

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9 years ago

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Bruce Sanders

5 years ago

May 2015

After listening to recent podcasts, I decided to go to the archives.

In this CTC25 podcast, aired in 2008, Drew Dinardo bemoaned the loss of 400 parishioners to “other churches with better entertainment” after he arrived at First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs to preach the pure Reformed Word by exegesis of the Gospel of John. During the podcast, the Reformed Panel of Bucery, Waddington, Cassidy, and Keister were shocked by one of the faithful at his church requesting the American Flag be hung at the front of the church for July 4. This was only one of several shock incidents of non-Christian (meaning non-Reformed) attitudes and desires to give the parishioners what they wanted. During the podcast, Drew Dinardo reiterated his firm stance to not allow anything that did not conform to Reformed standards.

Tonight, 7 years later, I visited the First Presbyterian Coral Springs website. I see Drew Dinardo in 2015-dated pictures of a large choir, large organ, skits with actors in spectacular costumes, special music concerts with vocalists and instrumentation, a Christmas tree, and yes, even a large American flag.

My understanding from listening to the regular Panel of Bucey, Waddington and Cassidy over the years is Reformed churches only do what the Bible teaches, to the point that if it is not specifically stated by the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, it simply is not done. Not only that, but seemingly no occasion is overlooked to draw attention to the worldly / pagan / heathenistic practices of non-Reformed churches.

To be clear, I personally have no issue with what First Presbyterian is doing. God gave the human mind the capacity for speech, music, color, celebration, etc, and I believe the church should use these to the fullest for the glory of God. What I do object to is the continued holier-than-thou attitudes of the Panel and guests during recent podcasts about austere, ultra-conservative, non-worldly worship in Reformed churches.

Gentlemen, I am calling you out … you have some public explaining to do about what you say and the impressions you create. It is time for correction and apology.

Nicholas Perella

4 months ago

The point is God is holier than thou, and only He knows how Holiness is approached, i.e. service and worship. And the only way God has revealed how to approach His Holiness is by His now written Word, i.e. the Bible.

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