Category Archives: Elders

On the Spirit’s Ordination of Elders

 I have a new article up at Wineskins: On the Spirit’s Ordination of Elders.

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Further on Elders (“The People Demand a King”)

There is this theory that elders with positional authority are the equivalent of a king — and God is opposed to our having a king. (1Sa 8:6a NET)  But this request displeased Samuel, for they said, “Give us a king to … Continue reading

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Further on Elders (The Authority of Preachers)

The argument is being made more and more frequently that the preacher has authority to ordain elders because Timothy and Titus had the authority to ordain elders. Maybe. But we really have to approach these questions with the greatest of humility … Continue reading

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Further on Elders (On Moralistic Therapeutic Deism)

Some time ago, I posted a series on Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD), a term coined by Christian Smith, who wrote Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, with Melinda Lundquist. Smith and Lundquist found that most Christian American … Continue reading

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Further on Elders (Getting Rid of Bad Elders: Cure, Part 2)

A church has a good eldership, except one elder really doesn’t belong. He should never have been ordained. Experience shows that he really doesn’t have the qualities of a shepherd/overseer/elder and the giftedness from the Spirit for the task. Most … Continue reading

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Further on Elders (Getting Rid of Bad Elders: Cure, Part 1)

Now, let’s suppose we have man called “elder” who is not qualified. What do we do? Well, the Bible says very little on the subject, but there is some significant guidance. We begin with — (1Ti 5:19-20 ESV)  19 Do not admit … Continue reading

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Further on Elders (Getting Rid of Bad Elders: Prevention)

I’m not finished with the series on Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, but it’s time for a break. We’ll return in short order. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is how to deal with bad elders. After all, even … Continue reading

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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: Honor, Part 6 (Public vs. Private; Examples; Conclusion)

We’re considering Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien — an excellent book. In summarizing the chapter, the authors explain, In the meantime, pay attention to … Continue reading

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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: Honor, Part 5 (Church Discipline)

We’re considering Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien — an excellent book. There are a handful of references in the New Testament regarding church discipline. … Continue reading

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In Reply to Patrick Mead’s “The Problem with Elders,” Part 6 (Conclusions)

When we consider the ecclesiology (doctrine of church organization) for elders, we tend to get lost in the weeds. The passages are just not real clear on lots of questions, and expert theologians disagree about all sorts of things. But the big … Continue reading

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