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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 5 (What is “administration”?)

But doesn’t the Bible say that elders should be shepherds rather than administrators? No, it most certainly does not. In fact, administration is listed as a gift of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12, and leadership is a gift of … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Creation Care, Part 1 (The Old Testament)

If the mission of the church is to get people to heaven when they die, then the church has no reason to care for the Creation or human flourishing or abundant living (John 10:10) in general. The scriptures don’t emphasize … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 7 (Conclusions)

Christian mission through the government So we no longer live in the Constantinian world in which government works with the church to direct society, and no matter how many books you buy and read arguing that the US is a … Continue reading

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The Afterlife: Lesson 3, focused on Isa 65-66 and 2 Cor 5:17 (June 26, 2016)

I was out last week under the weather, and so this is class 3. We started in Isaiah and went from there to 2 Cor 5:17 and a few other passages. Here’s the downloadable mp3: June 26, 2016 Class 3 … Continue reading

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Advice to a New Elder: They Smell Like Sheep, Part 4

I keep promising myself that I’m going to get to the They Smell Like Sheep part of the series — that is, pastoral care by elders. But not quite yet. It remains true that most elders have far more work … Continue reading

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The Mission of the Church: Justice, Part 6 (Rom 13; John Howard Yoder)

Romans 13 (Rom. 13:1-6 ESV)  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God … Continue reading

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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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