Category Archives: Discipline

Rough Draft Response to the Wife of an Elder in a Cultic Church of Christ

I’ve been struggling to come up with anything halfway intelligent to say to the reader whose husband is an elder in an extremely legalistic Church of Christ. The readers have pitched in with some thoughtful ideas, but there’s no emerging … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Disfellowshipped Reader

As I mentioned in the last post on this topic, 95% of the Churches of Christ would not have treated the reader so severely. However, I think this sort of conduct is going to become more common — not less. … Continue reading

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Letter to a Disfellowshipped Reader: Thanks

When I received the email from my disfellowshipped reader, I wrote her, saying, “I have some thoughts, but I find the readers often have wisdom that would never have occurred to me.” And, boy, was I right! I was hoping … Continue reading

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Letter to a Disfellowshipped Reader

Dear Reader, I’m glad you chose to write me because I love being amazed at the courage and faithfulness of God’s children. I mean, I’m just astonished that you’ve managed not only to extricate you from a horrible situation, but … Continue reading

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A Reader’s Email about Being Disfellowshipped

I get emails. This tragic email is lengthy but important. A reader wants to know how to respond to having been disfellowshipped. Readers, what do you think? (Edited for length and privacy. Posted and edited with permission.) Hello, I have … Continue reading

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Church Discipline: Those Without Faith

This is one of the most abused verses in all of scripture (which says a lot!) (2 John 1:7, 9-11) Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. … … Continue reading

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