Emergents, I plead with you, please read those aspects of the book carefully and with open hearts.
I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.
A reluctance to practice church discipline may suggest that we believe ourselves to be wiser and more loving than God.
The basic premise of the missional church is that “missions” is not simply one of the functions or programs of a church. It constitutes the very essence or nature of the church.
I don’t think it’s individualistic, overly cerebral, or beholden to Western legal categories for me to want to know what you think about God.
If someone said to me, “How will God glorify himself through Christ?” I am not sure “the hospitality of God’s people” would make my list.
Book Review: Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline, by Wyman RichardsonReview by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 03.01.2010
Can a pastor use this book for training his fellow church leaders, assuming that not all church leaders are not pastorally and theologically sensible? It gets an easy “yes.”
Christianity, by which I mean church membership, is a participatory sport, not a spectator sport.
If you love your children, you want them to be healthy. But if you love your children, you love them whether they are healthy or not.
A conversation with Jonathan and Thabiti.
Church discipline is tough because it feels like the opposite of salvation. It feels like anti-salvation.
Ending one’s membership in a church requires the consent of both parties. We join a church by the consent of the church, and we leave a church by the consent of the church.
A pastor should know his congregation, and a Christian should know his non-Christian friend, so they both can exercise wisdom and sensitivity in communicating the gospel.
Wrath and worth are perfectly matched together. The former takes the measure of the latter and expresses itself accordingly. One is as precious as the other.
Mark Dever hosts a roundtable with Jonathan Leeman and John Folmar to discuss God’s love and church membership and Leeman’s new book which considers their connection.