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Lloyd Hemstreet

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I've been serving as the Pastor at Coopersville CRC, since 2016.

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Why Do Churches Cover Up Sin?

We have all seen the cases before, and been left scratching our heads. How did the church miss this? Here are some helpful thoughts from Practical Theology Professor David Murray that we would all do well to consider. 

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  • Thanks for this reminder Keith! While James tells us not to give the wealthy the nice seat, and tell the poor to sit on the floor; we certainly are not to reverse things, and give the poor the...

  • Thanks for calling this to our attention Jason. This does not seem to be an ecumenical relationship in any traditional sense of the word, and any official ties should probably be ended in short...

  • While a legitimate asylum seeker is slightly different from an immigrant, there is still a legal process for entering the nation that they must submit to. As such, I see no problem considering...

  • While older, and maybe not in common use outside of the church, I think it is only those in side the church that would care what it is called. Instead of changing the name, we can just train/teach...

  • Seeing Rachel speak this past summer, was one of the things that inspired me to get involved in the work of Safe Church. I would highly recommend catching her for the January series, to all that...

  • Hi Jane, I'm glad to hear that the article was a blessing to you.

    As to the "public shame" comment, I think we are saying the same thing. Doug was talking about how we deal with sin behind...

  • Hi Eric, thanks for your comment and challenge. Honestly, I was not intentionally trying to make any such broad statement, to infer that most are getting it wrong. But, as Professor Murray said,...

  • Thanks for the comment Doug. I'm unsure that disciplining behind closed doors / in executive session, encourages anyone to sin in this way. But, I agree that it is likely used too often. We have...

  • Daniel Z, I was there. The speakers were not overly clear drawing the boundary lines around "monogamous" relationships. Yes, they did say celebrate same sex marriage, and so that was primarily the...

  • Ministers are just teaching Elders within the church. Thus one of the first levels of accountability, should be through the plurality of the Elders that lead the local congregation. We need to...