Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?
A loving church will be a disciplining church—and the burden of that discipline rests primarily us “ordinary Christians” who make up the discipleship community.
To this day, I don’t know if I was a backslidden convert or if I was a deceived non-Christian. Either way, church discipline served to expose my hypocrisy.
Church discipline would be easier if the church wasn’t made up of people. But Jesus didn’t come for buildings or institutions or events. He came to save a people for himself, sinners like you and me.
Churches should work hard against the possibility of abusive church discipline, and we should act quickly against it.
Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.
Should churches excommunicate someone who joins an “open and affirming” congregation?
What are some good and bad excuses not to practice church discipline?
When it comes to church discipline, there’s a familiar refrain: “The mega-church is just too big to discipline.” But does it have to be this way?
Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.
For over 150 years, the Strasbourg Cathedral abandoned the Latin Mass and replaced it with the preaching of the Protestant Reformers. What caused this dramatic shift?
We asked 60 pastors around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2017 that helped you be a better pastor?
Sometimes, senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. That’s unfortunate because they’re an essential part of the body of Christ.
An elder’s authority must be carried out with both confidence and humility, as both an overseer and an example, recognizing both his God-given role and his deep need of God’s help.