Category Archives: Accountability

A closer look at accountability

What is accountability and how should we practice it in the local church? Is everyone accountable in the same way? Continue reading

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A danger to ourselves

Our demand for freedom without limits has contributed to profound short-term thinking and devolved into forms of self-serving individualism that threaten the stability and future of our communities and, perhaps even, our nation itself.
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Connecting earth and heaven

Although we know that good works do not accomplish our salvation, we must take seriously the connection between this life and heaven. Continue reading

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How can I know he means it?

Unlike forgiveness, reconciliation of a broken relationship is a process conditioned on the attitude and actions of an offender. Those who commit significant and repeated offenses must realize that their responses and actions affect the timing of the process. Those who are genuinely repentant will accept this fact with brokenness and humility. Use the seven signs here to be sure someone is truly sorry. Continue reading

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Another urgent question for the Church

How can we proclaim and celebrate a gospel of grace and forgiveness while enforcing standards of morality — without becoming… Continue reading

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Four essentials to a thriving Church

I commit myself to God and to the fellow-members of my local Church to do the following: Continue reading

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What pastoral care looks like

An illustration of what many people do not know about pastoral ministry in the local Church. What you see is not always the whole picture. A lot of hard work happens behind the scenes in leadership. This illustrates efforts to care for people in a way that truly helps them. Continue reading

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