Snippets from the interweb (3rd September 2017)

Think you joined the wrong church?

‘Our relationships will ebb and flow, as will our affection for the church. But the solution is not always looking for a better fit. Instead, we renew our passion and reignite our sense of belonging by holding ourselves to our membership covenant—sacred promises that bind even the “wrong” people together.’

Six traits of church disrupters

‘The disrupter is just that. He disrupts the unity of the church. He disrupts the outward focus of the church. And he disrupts the plans of church leadership. So what are some key traits to watch in church disrupters?’

Yes, leading others into sin brings greater punishment

On a similar note, Tom Schreiner notes that those who drag others into sin – especially sin that causes them to fall away from the faith altogether – will be judged along with the most heinous sinners. I guess this would include those who seek to disrupt churches and draw others into their rebellion.

4 lies that cause pastors to neglect their families

I found this article particularly helpful. I have certainly been guilty of doing ministry at the expense of family. I am grateful my wife jealously guards my day off – she is right to do so.

What true diversity looks like

‘These people with vastly diverse opinions have been known to sit in the same rows as each other in church and even to break bread and share meals together.  When it comes to diversity of opinion among a group of people on this matter, our church leaves the hard line progressives for dead.’

Why we must emphasise a pastor’s character over his skill

‘Pastors are called and qualified to their ministry not first through their raw talent, their finely-honed skill, or their great accomplishments, but through their godly character. Of all the many qualifications laid out in the New Testament, there is just one related to skill (he must have the ability to teach others) and one related to experience (he must not be a recent convert). The rest of the nearly 20 qualifications are based on character.’

From the archive: Six reasons to pursue community, fellowship and hospitality

‘It’s important we understand what true fellowship, real community and genuine hospitality look like if we are to have any hope of actually pursuing them. But, having done that, it seems worth giving some reasons why community, hospitality and fellowship are vitally important (despite the cost to ourselves).’