Quantcast
Nov
15

Is There a NT Pattern for Church Leadership?

Key to Leadership

Is there a New Testament pattern for church leadership? In my last post “Sola Scriptura or Not,” I asked this very important question. While I believe the New Testament is almost devoid of specifics in terms of prescriptions for church leadership, there is enough consistency in the descriptive passages that seem to indicate God’s leading…
Read More

Nov
01

“Sola Scriptura” or Not?

church_lookingup

Elder, deacon, pastor. When and how did this third level of leadership, the “pastor,” come to be? In my last post, “We Are All Clergy,” I began to explore the issue of a third level of leadership that developed in the church in the early 2nd century called “Bishop,” which we would today refer to…
Read More

Oct
11

We Are All Clergy

MG_3561_dingvellir

I remember the event clearly:  it was a group of young married couples from our church who went out to dinner.   My wife and I were invited (even though we had been married for 24 years by then), I think because I was called “The Pastor” of the church.   When the person who was organizing…
Read More

Oct
03

Walls That Divide

berlin_wall

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  These are the words of President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987 to the Soviet leader at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.  That wall was built in 1961, not to keep people out of East Berlin, but to keep people in.  Walls divide.  Walls separate. Walls become obstacles to…
Read More