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Confession. I’m an elder. And I’m a jerk. So this article resonated with me.  It’s by Jonathan Leeman and discusses attitudes of elders during meetings.  Jonathan writes: I trust this is not true of all churches, but I have discovered that elder meetings can have an unexpectedly difficult social dynamic. There you sit at the table with a number of godly men. You are hashing out this or that issue. And somehow the room feels tense, even political! “Why is he contradicting me?” “Is he just posturing?” “Why did he say it like that?” “What a jerk!” Truth be told, you can see my own small-heartedness and sin in such responses. But I am confident I am not alone. Here’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned about the social dynamic of elder meetings: fear of man sometimes keeps us from saying the things we should say, and fear of man sometimes provokes us to say things we shouldn’t. That is, sometimes we fail to say what we should say because we are afraid of saying something different, something wrong. But sometimes we speak more than we should, or harsher than we should, because we are afraid of losing control or losing the argument. We think persuading the brothers depends upon us. So we push too hard. We clutch our ideas too tightly, because we are afraid of losing face. And that is just another form of fear of man. He then gives 9 things to consider when speaking up in an elder meeting.  Good stuff… check it out here…
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Leadership
Brady Boyd writes, “A man in our church came to me recently with a heavy heart. His daughter was married to a man who had recently been caught in adultery. The couple went to another church here in town and the father contacted their pastor to see if he would confront his son-in-law on this obvious sin. The pastor refused, not seeing it as his duty. What? Not his duty? If we’re really pastors, it’s actually one of our primary responsibilities, especially if we love the people we lead. Not surprisingly, fewer and fewer church leaders are willing to go to people who are living in open sin and confront them. Why? Do we lack the courage? Are we ignoring the biblical mandate as leaders to protect the innocent from the harmful? Many times in my role as pastor and elder, I have had hard meetings with people in the church. I never look forward to them and I certainly get no joy from them, but they are super necessary if the church is to remain healthy. In fact, some of the great spiritual breakthroughs I’ve experienced as a leader have happened after I had dealt scripturally with sin issues. God tends to show up in churches where there is repentance, grace and spiritual health.” via Confronting Sin in the Local Church. Brady continues with the responsibility he feels elders and pastors have in graciously confronting people.  This is good stuff.  You can read it here. How does your church do with confronting sin?  How do YOU do with it?  Is it something you avoid like the plague? Todd      
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This question will not go away.  Watch this… good or bad apologetics? Personally, I think that we will never all agree on this issue. A question for those of you who’ve been around longer than me… is the ‘women in ministry’ issue a bigger issue today than it was 20 years ago? And, for everyone out there… will this issue be as big in 10 or 20 years as it is today? Is there any common ground between the two sides other than agreeing to disagree? What’s YOUR take? Todd PS – Be nice.
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Yesterday, I posted a video by Bill Kynes about women in ministry.  It got mixed reviews here.  Bill gave the standard complimentarian view.  Now take a look at this point of view that was also posted this week over at OutofUr.org.  See which resonates more with you and how you view scripture: Which view do YOU take?  Or maybe you fall somewhere in the middle? What do you think?  And WHY?
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Kevin DeYoung writes:
It is not uncommon to hear of churches that select their elders and deacons by casting lots. In fact, I’ve been a part of two congregations that voted to change their election process to incorporate lots. Usually this involves a double slate being chosen by some combination of the church leaders and a nominating committee and then a final selection by a “random” draw. In an effort to avoid a popularity contest and the hurt feelings that can result from winners and losers in a double slate, churches are deciding to choose their officers by pulling names out of hat.
Seriously? I admit that I’ve never heard of churches actually casting lots to choose their elders.  Must just be outside of my circles. Of course, there is Biblical reference for the casting of lots.  But is that something churches should incorporate today? via Should Churches Select Elders by Casting Lots? – Kevin DeYoung. [box type=”info”]Have you ever heard of churches casting lots to choose their leaders? Do you think this is a wise idea? Do you think the Biblical precedent says that we actually SHOULD do it this way? And if you think this is a good idea for elders… should it be used to find your next Senior Pastor? Leave a comment, and let me know what you think, please…[/box]
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