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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 3

We set up a Ministries Team a long time ago. We quickly learned several critical lessons the hard way. 1. The elders had trouble coordinating their work with the team’s. The elders were used to directly overseeing the church’s ministries. … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 5 (1 Cor 5:9-13 and Rom 1:18-26)

1 Cor 5:9-13 To my way of thinking, this passage is at the heart of the question, and I’m thankful to the readers for keeping me on my toes as I’ve tried to apply it to public policy questions in earlier … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 2

Make a list of every single congregational ministry — even washing baptismal garments and hiring the janitorial service. I mean: every  single thing that is being done or ought to be done at your church. It could easily reach 100 … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 4 (Examples)

Examples Murder So let’s take an example or two. We start with murder. Is it okay for Christians to advocate for laws making murder criminal? Well, it seems obvious. After all, everyone but a few psychopaths believe murder to be … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 1

One of the biggest issues in the Churches of Christ today is the proper role for elders. It’s not received the publicity of many other issues, but ask any life-long Church of Christ member about the authority of elders, and … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 3 (Hunter and the Exercise of Power by the Church)

Christians in a democracy: Foreign policy One of the thornier issues that the American church must wrestle with is how the church should operate in a democracy. In fact, in the US, there are enough Christian voters that the church’s … Continue reading

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Comments Fixed (I think)

WordPress released an update a few days ago that appears to be the source of all sorts of problems for the readers — especially the commenting software. They just released a patch, and it seems to be working. (Fingers cross, … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Networking, Benchmarking & Training

Networking Some of my favorite times as an elder were times spent with preachers and elders talking about church leadership. I’ve spent many an afternoon or evening just comparing notes with leaders from other churches. We in the Churches of … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 2 (Further from Christopher Wright)

Wright on Justice So we have to start with love. From there, we go to justice. Christopher Wright speaks first of believers who serve the state for God’s purposes. First, they accepted the realities of the public sphere they became … Continue reading

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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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