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Advice to a New Elder: Shepherds Protect the Flock, Part 2 (False Teachers)

Although sexual predators are likely the most common type of church predator, there are other predators that the elders/shepherds should be diligent to protect the flock from. False teachers The obligation of elders to protect the flock from false teachers is … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 1 (Christopher Wright on Jesus; Boundaries)

Christopher J. H. Wright includes in the church’s mission “justice (transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation).” Boundaries This requires some unpacking as well as some boundary setting. Pacifism First, I … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Shepherds Protect the Flock, Part 1 (Sexual Predators)

The scriptures refer to elders as shepherds and as overseers. The idea of a “shepherd” carries certain connotations that we often overlook. I think the foremost idea behind “shepherd” is not that the elder must take on pastoral duties (although … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Compassion for Others

Repeat after me: I will not use people in an effort to save them. Again: I will not use people in an effort to save them. Got it? Jesus never used people. He never objectivized or instrumentalized them. He loved … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: A Few Starting Points, Part 2

Don’t overlook the ministers. Some elders (not at my church) look at the preacher and think, “I’m an elder and you’re not!” Bad idea. Yes, the church is supposed to be overseen by the elders and not the ministers, and … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Compassion for Our Own

Christopher Wright next lists “compassion (respond to human need by loving service)” as an essential element of the church’s mission. Now, this is easily shown true from the Torah, the prophets, and the NT. Jesus certainly demonstrated it in his … Continue reading

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The Tall Pines: “If the Devil Knows You By Name”

   

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Advice to a New Elder: A Few Starting Points, Part 1

Pray. We all sometimes get too busy to pray as we should, and this is always a mistake. Make the time. There’s always one elder who just loves to stop the conversation and insist that everyone stop to pray. He’s … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Evangelism, Part 2

In a later post, Mark Love adds to his thoughts on evangelism — So, one of the points I’ve tried to make in this series is that if you think the driving question of Scripture is, “how can an individuals … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Introduction

I’ve been on leave of absence from the elders at my church for about 2 years. For health reasons. I’m doing better, but I’m still a long way from being able to carry on a full shepherding role. A friend … Continue reading

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