Archive for October, 2012

Assorted Links

October 29th, 2012 No comments

Some of the many things I’ll never get around to blogging:

A picture of the Appian Way, just like Paul walked on.

10 Things First-Time Church Visitors Don’t Want to hear.

And, related, Eight Terrible Church Visits.

Ed Stetzer is blogging (in tiny installments) about laypeople and the mission of God. Part three: customers to owners. Part four: changing the culture of expectation in your Church.

A great but terrible podcast from Andy Stanley on pastors as leaders.

Megachurch Come-and-See Movement Fizzling? Huh? This is a deliberately-provocative headline — the question mark is in the original — or it’s just wrong-headed. I get that an attractional church model might not be effective today, but “come and see” is invitational and, so, missional. Certainly the often cited scriptural examples in John 1 and 4 are missional.

A mixed review of Tullian Tchividjian’s Glorious Ruin. It’s a gentle critique, so I’ll gently respond that the pros far outweigh the cons. This is an important contribution that the North American church could stand to hear more of.

Let pastors be pastors. It’s always fun to read a perspective from the other side of the church, where there are expectations for pastors to be strong leaders, entrepreneurs, and evangelists.

This: Why evangelicals should defend Mormons from Mockery.

Going back to believable evangelism.

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Important Cases Go to Court

October 29th, 2012 No comments

The PC(USA) G.A. Judicial Commission to hear three major cases. One is a ruling by the Los Ranchos Presbytery to reinstate the old “fidelity and chastity” clause of the Book of Order at a more local level. The Synod ruled such resolutions were constitutional. So it’s being appealed. This is the “tails you lose, heads we win” school of polity. More-local councils should only be allowed to make decisions when they make the right decisions. Or at least the politically correct ones.

But you say, connectionalism requires that presbyteries are subordinate to [the discernment of the will of God expressed by the Holy Spirit through] the councils to which they belong? Hmm. I’m minded of this observation by Kevin DeYoung, which is generally supportive of a presbyterian approach to church discipline:

the elders in a Presbyterianism system serve as Christ’s representatives and with Christ’s authority, but they are not mini-Christs. The presbyters do not have a blank check to decide whatever they want. The keys of the kingdom must always be tied to the King’s words.

The context was discipline within the local church, but if you change elders to presbyteries, or synods, or the general assembly PJC, it’s still true.

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