NOTABLE VOICES AND THE WEEK IN REVIEW: JANUARY 13, 2018

ThomRainer.com | 1/13/2018 | Staff
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EARLIER THIS WEEK AT THOMRAINER.COM:

Undoubtedly, the greatest focus of any pastor’s week is preparing for the Sunday morning sermon (or whichever time is your church’s main weekly gathering). No matter what else happens in the week, Sunday is always coming. This blog post proposes four reproducible habits that, if applied, can help towards growing a greater feeling of effectiveness in preparing and ultimately delivering the weekly message.

Reality - Churches - Terms - Fact - City

The reality is many churches don’t compete on friendly terms. In fact, in a given city or zip code, the likelihood is many pastors do not even know each other. Reasons exist for this lack of connection, and not all of them are malicious. Pastors can get swept into the busyness of their own churches. I’m guilty. It takes effort to manage relationships with other pastors.

Typically there are two requirements of holding the “office” of church member: that one be baptized and repentant. Forgiveness ordinarily (not always) involves two things: forswearing resentment (subjectively) and restoring a person to their previous office or role (objectively). To “forgive” a pastor means we don’t personally hold his sin against him and that we restore him to his office of church member. If he is repentant, he meets the qualification of membership. That doesn’t mean we should restore him to the office of pastor. Our forgiveness does not mean he magically meets those qualifications. His life, quite simply, is not above reproach.

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