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

What Pastors Owe Their People

If you are a pastor, you cannot escape the unmistakeable call of spiritual leaders, in the New Testament to "feed the flock of God": Jesus commissioned Peter to do "feed my sheep", no less than three times, in that famous scene on the shores of Galilee (John 21:15-19) Jesus commissioned the disciples, in the Great Commission passage to "teach them all things I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:16) Paul commissioned the Ephesian elders to "tend to the whole flock" pointing this example of his unwillingness to shrink from "the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:17-28) Peter urges church leaders to "feed the flock of God among you." Paul instructed Timothy, in his last letter, "these things you have learned from me, commit to faithful men" (2 Timothy 2:2). He also urged him to "guard the deposit entrusted to you" (2 Timothy 1:14; 6:20). He also  reminded Timothy of the usefulness of "all Scripture" as profitable for...

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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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