Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "gossip"

The Ethics of a Church Protest Blog

It's become more and more popular: a group of disgruntled church members set up a website to "protest" the church leadership of a big and established congregation. In the last two years, there have been protest sites set up against prominent megachurches like Bellevue Baptist Church in Tennessee (Adrian Roger's old church), Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (once pastored by the late Dr. James Kennedy and now pastored by Tullian Tchivigian), The Crystal Cathedral (Robert Schuler), and Covenant Life Church (Josh Harris/CJ. Mahaney). I'm sure there are other situations that I'm not aware of. My question is this. Is it biblically ethical to publicly post complaints about your experiences at another church? It may be your "right" as an American, but as a follower of Christ, can you justify putting the dirty laundry of the family of God online for all to consume? I'm not so sure it is. We all know that churches will...

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Why Christians Should Care about the Facts (But Often Don’t)

Our church has been going through a study of the book of James. Last week we came upon a verse that is mightily convicting in this digital age: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; James 1:19 (ESV) You don't have to parse the original Greek text or consult a Bible scholar to divine the meaning of the Scriptures here. It's pretty clear that James is saying that a mature believer is one who is slow to make hasty judgements, quick to listen and gather all the facts about a situation, and slow to express anger. Does this characterize our online activity? I have been recently reading about the dustup about Campus Crusade for Christ, who changed their name to CRU. Quite a few folks have expressed their disapproval of this change. And while you may not like their new choice, what...

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