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Adultery and Restoration

By Pastor Scott Thomas Broken inside the Church Broken marriages are far too common than we want to admit and the church cannot ignore the adulteries occurring among its members any longer. Married couples are sitting in church pews hiding in shame and experiencing anger, despair, fear, jealousy, guilt, relief and revenge. Restoration begins by placing hope in God and not in…

Church Discipline, part 4: 8 Reasons It Doesn’t Happen

Challenges to Church Discipline There are lots of good reasons to pause at the thought of helping someone grow in holiness… everything in this world today is stacked against a church being successful–from church culture to American culture.  Some people have asked me why we don’t see it today. I’ve thought about it, and here are my personal thoughts on some of…

Church Discipline, part 2: Why Do It?

I used to despise conversations about church discipline. Where are all the smiles? Where is the encouragement? I used to want to avoid it all together… until I had kids. Healthy Living or Surgery?  …Training or Spanking? There are two basic kinds of church discipline that do not differ much from those in a parent-child relationship: they are formative discipline and restorative discipline. If we…

Healthy Growth, part 4: Philosophical Unity

Agreement on Priority and Methods Relationships… it’s about relationships, stupid. About 6% of the population thinks like a lead planter or pastor or preacher. Doctrine. Mission. The Glory of God. Everyone’s for them, but they’re rarely enough to recruit, inspire, motivate, and retain people as you grow leaders, teams, and the church. If you underestimate the power of relationship, then growth will…

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Healthy Growth, part 3: Respect and Friendship

The Grand Underestimation Relationships… it’s about relationships, stupid. About 6% of the population thinks like a lead planter or pastor or preacher. Motivated solely by Doctrine… Mission… The Glory of God. Everyone’s for them, but they’re rarely enough to recruit, inspire, motivate, and retain people as you grow leaders, teams, and the church. If you underestimate the power of relationship, then growth…

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Healthy Growth, part 2: Doctrinal Unity

Be Unified Who doesn’t want to be unified? Disunity, without even exploring all of what it means, just sounds plain awful. That’s because it can be awful. In the previous post, I defined what Unity is not and previewed what Unity is. If a person is to distill the Scripture’s teachings on church unity, then you might simplify with these irreducible three…