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John Nugent’s Endangered Gospel: Over-arching Scriptural Observations

A few observations about the scriptures in support of Nugent’s position: As James W. Thompson argues in his The Church according to Paul: Rediscovering the Community Conformed to Christ, there are surprisingly few admonitions in the NT urging church members … Continue reading

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John Nugent’s Endangered Gospel: Introduction

John Nugent is professor of Old Testament at Great Lakes Christian College. I would consider him a neo-Anabaptist following in the footsteps of John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas. His new book, Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Getting Started (Other Ministries and Programs; the Involvement Minister’s Real Job)

In theory, all ministries of a church are important and all have the same issues as those ministries headed by a minister. But you wouldn’t have hired a full-time, salaried person to run the worship service or the teen program … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Getting Started (The Other Ministers)

To me, the other ministers — the youth minister, worship minister, education minister, etc. — are critically important but not as important as the preacher. The way American churches do church, you can’t get around a bad fit in the … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Getting Started (A Preacher that Fits)

I think of the church in terms of concentric circles. (Sorry: I majored in mathematics and Venn diagrams are hard-wired into me.) The inner circle is the elders — together with the preacher. I think in just about any church, … Continue reading

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The Afterlife, Lesson 9, 2 Peter 3 and Treasures in Heaven

Today’s lesson is on destruction of the earth by fire described in 2 Pet 3 and Jesus’ promises of treasures in heaven. Download here. Lesson 9: “August 7, 2016“. Right click and select “Save Link As” to download. (If you … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Getting Started (Vulnerability)

Having now spent a few weeks thinking about being an elder, while also posting a series on mission (which should be thought of as part of the eldering series), some things have kind of become clear. First, churches can be … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: The Political Church, Part 4 (Rom 14 & 1 Cor 8 – 10)

There are circumstances where the elders should not lead a church to exercise the freedom that the church has in Christ. When there’s a choice between love and freedom, love wins. Most good elders get this. Where we elders tend … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: The Political Church, Part 3

So let’s try a thought experiment. (Einstein made up the phrase to explain relativity. But this is not relativity. It’s church. Which is much more complicated.) Elders are called by God as shepherds, leaders, guides, teachers, and instructors in God’s … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: The Political Church, Part 2

So if your church is moderate (political), how do you best shepherd the church? Well, I really don’t know. I’m not sure anyone does. These things usually wind up pretty ugly — and I’ve seen good elders try all sorts … Continue reading

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