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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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Advice to a New Elder: The Political Church, Part 1

This is not about the church-state issues. It’s about internal church politics. By “politics” I mean doing things to please a constituency rather than because it’s what you think God wants. Now, nearly all churches are political in that nearly … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Generational Input; The “rule of do”

Here’s the rule: You don’t know your flock at all if you only get information reactively — that is, in response to complaints. To know your flock, you have to proactively solicit input from a representative sample. Nothing else works … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Recruiting

The greatest talent that God can give a church may well be the ability to recruit volunteers. If a church has a skilled recruiter, find him or her, take them to lunch, and pepper them with questions. Take notes. Learn from … Continue reading

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The Afterlife, Lesson 8, The Rapture and Intro to Revelation

Today’s lesson is on the Rapture and the briefest of introductions to the Revelation. Download here. Lesson 8: “July 31, 2016“. Right click and select “Save Link As” to download. (If you left click, it will stream.) Or stream here:

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Advice to a New Elder: Evangelism

For a while now, there’s been in the back of my mind a feeling that I’d overlooked something really important in this series. Finally, it occurred to me that I’d not directly addressed evangelism. And there’s a reason. I’m not … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Small Groups, Part 2

In response to yesterday’s post, reader John asks, What’s up with the failure of multiplying groups? Isn’t the point to keep them small so folks can keep up with each other (or isn’t that what the literature says)? I’m totally … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: Small Groups, Part 1

Churches of Christ, on the whole, have been slow to adopt small groups, although many have done so. The objections go along these lines: The best time to meet is Sunday night, but we can’t give up Sunday night church. … Continue reading

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