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The Mission of the Church: Wrapping Up, Part 3 (The Call of the Wild, Part 1)

So what am I meant to be? What is it about the ordinary life of an ordinary American Christian that misses the point? Wolves gotta hunt. What do Christians gotta do? Well, love one another. We were designed from the … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 9 (Eze 34 and John 10, Part 2)

Now, if we ignore the context of Eze 34, it’s easy to conclude that elders ought to be shepherds (true) and that their primary job is to heal the weak and injured, that is, care for their social and emotional … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Wrapping Up, Part 2 (The Hollow Church)

I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating. I’m a lawyer. I represent lots of churches. And several years ago — at least a decade ago — I met with the church leadership for a congregation in another town … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 8 (Eze 34 and John 10, Part 1)

In the last 20 years or so, the “Good Shepherd” passages in Eze 34 and John 10 have been highly influential in our thinking regarding what an elder/shepherd/overseer should do. Some find here evidence that pastoral duties (shepherding) are the … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Creation Care, Part 2 (The New Testament)

Col 1:15-23 Christopher Wright quotes, (Col. 1:15-23 ESV) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 6 (inclusive decision making)

So how does a too-busy eldership include the congregation in decision making? Well, it depends on the size of the church and the decision being made. We know from Acts 15 (doctrinal decision) and 1 Cor 5 (decision to withdraw … Continue reading

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The Afterlife, Lesson 4, Theories About Where the Saved Are After They Die

Lesson 4, focusing on where the saved are between their deaths and the return of Jesus. Download from Lesson 4. Or stream:  

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Consumed by Fire: “He Waits for Me”

There’s a place I go when I need a getaway there’s a peace I know that sooths the soul And this life I’ve found I know it’s not my own so when I run to you it’s like I’m running … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Wrapping Up, Part 1

So it turns out that the mission of the church is a huge topic. How does an eldership respond to this in their leadership of the church? Here are some thoughts. I’m open to other suggestions. After all, I can’t … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 7 (Boundaries)

At last we get to the pastoral part of an elder’s job description. First, a few boundaries — Power under submission There is no reason to insist that all elders take on pastoral duties — unless you also insist that … Continue reading

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