• This is an impressive piece of work.  One resource I found very helpful was 

    My Jesus Loves Gays: Why Bible-Believing Christians Should Love and Accept LGBTQ People

    by Robert...

  • We have assigned a group to each elder and we encouraged the elder to do home visits with any member who does not participate in the Shepherd group or in another group.   We also send a letter to...

  • THE HATS GAME!

    1st:  Put up on a big board every single position that the church has, including greeters, lawn mowers, coffee makers, ushers, teachers, students, youth group leaders and...

  • In one of the churches I served as a pastor, there was a rule that spouses could not serve on council at the same time.   When the council realized that my wife would never be allowed to serve...

  • Matt 23:23 is often overlooked.  Jesus clearly says, "you should have done the latter (do justice, mercy and faithfulness) without neglecting the former (tithing)"     I conclude that Jesus...

  • A Covenant church nearby  has had great success with confirmation class.  This is offered to students at least in 7th grade, it is a two year program, taught by the pastors and several teachers...

  • Article 37 does limit the discussion at Congregational Meetings to those items presented by the council.   There would be nothing wrong, in my opinion, for opening up the floor for comment,  but...

  • Ok thanks.  I've ordered some of the books suggested and will soon be able to see pp. 53 and 54!   Thanks for you thoughts on the Atonement theories as well.  I find this very helpful.  Again, if...

  • That was a good catch.  I think I meant to say "guilt" but said sin.  But no matter.  I really like framing it a guilt-forgiveness culture. Previously I had used guilt / righteousness.   Do you...

  • This shift makes sense to me.  (What is doxing?)   I observe a general loss of a moral center, or a moral authority.   I grew up in Christendom, but our society has steadily shifted away from...