This is right. Neither pastors nor their churches need to be a brand.
John Stevens looks at a new approach to heart transplants and uses it as an illustration of regeneration.
Eddie Arthur looks at what we can learn from translations of the Bible in different languages.
‘The question caught my attention. Why ask such a question. The answer seemed obvious. Can’t we assume that people want to get well? Could there be reasons they prefer not to be well?’
Leaving aside that if you have 200 people to leave at all, ‘small’ is not the word we would use to describe you here in the UK, this was a particularly interesting and insightful one. I can affirm, the very worst part of being a pastor is relational issues and when people leave badly.
‘At bottom, resentment is anger. Anger rehashed. Over and over again, endlessly. Thus in order to understand resentment, we must understand anger—in both its sinful and righteous manifestations. Just as a bank teller learns to identify counterfeit bills from genuine ones, so we learn to distinguish sinful anger through a firm understanding of righteous anger.’
‘Ever since the Fall… man has been corrupted by sin. Though, thanks to common grace, we are not utterly depraved, we are, nonetheless, totally depraved. It only takes the thin lacquer to chip away and, faced with the right circumstances, we are capable of gross evil.’