Category Archives: Leadership

Meandering thoughts on Nein Quarterly, hermeneutics, a little Kierkegaard, and leading change in a Church of Christ, Part 4

Kierkegaard Jared Byas recently posted a Kierkegaard quotation at Peter Enns’ blog: My listener, allow me to make a confession about myself here. I still do not dare to be utterly alone with God’s Word. I don’t have the honesty … Continue reading

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Meandering thoughts on Nein Quarterly, hermeneutics, a little Kierkegaard, and leading change in a Church of Christ, Part 3

Our story I’ve written several times about the story in which we live — and yet I’m sure it remains a foreign concept to most. The idea is that, whether we realize it or not, we all have a certain … Continue reading

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Meandering thoughts on Nein Quarterly, hermeneutics, a little Kierkegaard, and leading change in a Church of Christ, Part 2

Solutions Family, our denominational identity, the story we live, and hermeneutics. It’s a tall order to expect any church leadership to successfully lead their congregation through so many barriers to change. The solution, I think, is to tackle these issues … Continue reading

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Meandering thoughts on Nein Quarterly, hermeneutics, a little Kierkegaard, and leading change in a Church of Christ, Part 1

Hermeneutics and change in church As you know, I’m an avid reader of Richard Beck’s blog Experimental Theology (a title I wish I’d thought of — and thought of before he did. I’m so very jealous.) And he recently posted … Continue reading

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Church 2.0: Part 10.20: Deacons, Part 5 (Female deacons)

Female deacons I am not very interested in the question of whether women may wear the deacon title, because I’d rather not bother with the title. Granting “deacon” as an honorific title only gets in the way of humble, servant-hearted volunteer … Continue reading

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Church 2.0: Part 10.19: Deacons, Part 4 (A better understanding)

Defining the office: better hermeneutic I remember receiving a call from a candidate for a ministerial position at my church. He asked why we didn’t have the deacons listed on our website. I asked why he cared. He explained that … Continue reading

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Church 2.0: Part 10.18: Deacons, Part 3 (The traditional view of deacons)

Later church history In the early church, we find further support for deacons being teachers. The Didache (100-125 AD) says that deacons “are to be honored, “for they too carry out the ministry of prophets and teachers” (Did. 15.1). Later … Continue reading

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Church 2.0: Part 10.17: Deacons, Part 2 (Re-translating Acts 6:1-6)

Deacon as church office/re-translating Acts 6:1-6 So what does mean with regard to the office of deacon? Well, we should not think of them so much as servants but as representatives, agents, or even attendants. That is, they serve at … Continue reading

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Church 2.0: Part 10.16: Deacons, Part 1 (Redefining “Deacon”)

John N. Collins and the meaning of diakonos A couple of years ago, in a comment, Mike Cope referred me to Diakonia: Re-Interpreting the Ancient Sources (1990) ($38.95 at Amazon) by John N. Collins. In this book, Collins comprehensively surveys secular and … Continue reading

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Church 2.0: Part 10.13: Selecting Elders, Part 2

The job descriptions in the titles Next, some of the most helpful instructions for what an elder should look like are found in the titles given the position: elder, overseer, and shepherd. An “elder” was the ancient world’s equivalent of a … Continue reading

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