Learning from Scripture and History on Pastoring in Political Turmoil
We feel the political heat for different reasons, but we all feel it. How do we endure? Here are thirteen principles for pastoring through political turmoil.
Don’t Get Left Behind: Why Pastors Should Consider Preaching through Revelation in Our Cultural MomentBy Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020
If you want to pastor faithfully in the midst of cultural and political turmoil, then consider teaching through the book of Revelation.
We must defend Christian liberty without falling into relativistic complacency. But when we hastily conflate all our conclusions with all God’s commands, we endanger our own consciences and those of our brothers and sisters.
How do we pastor a congregation with conflicting sets of political certainties? How do we maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3) without compromising what’s true?
Charles Spurgeon lived during a time of social and political upheaval. How did that affect his preaching?
What can a 424-year-old book teach us about the conscience? And why does it matter for us today?
Pastoring through Political Turmoil on Sunday Morning
Why bother praying publicly for politicians? There are so many reasons not to do it. But they’re insufficient. Why? Simply put, because God commands it.
How to Hold Your Tongue About Politics And Thereby Not Split Your Church Over Things the Bible Doesn’t Talk AboutBy Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020
Greg Gilbert offers wisdom on how to hold your tongue about politics.
How to Hold Your Tongue About Politics And Thereby Not Split Your Church Over Things the Bible Doesn’t Talk About: AN ADDENDUMBy Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020
What are some guardrails that can help a pastor navigate political issues, especially in a year like 2020?
For any pastor troubled by how members of his church may vote in November, instead of using your pulpit to publicly endorse a candidate, perhaps it would be better to patiently disciple your congregation toward Christ-like maturity.
Pastoring through Political Turmoil Out of the Pulpit
Love leans in and listens well. May God help us so love one another.
The current cultural moment is tumultuous, and having honest conversation about polarizing topics is a difficult task for any church. But we must fight suspicion.
Listening well and loving deeply won’t resolve every political disagreement in your church. It will do something better.
Hard conversations must happen, but make sure people have no doubt that your motivation is always, always, always love.
You probably have encountered a friend or family member convinced of a conspiracy. Why is this happening? And what should Christians do about it?
Pastoral Wisdom For the Church in Politically Tumultuous Times
“Sir, This Is a Local Church”—Or, How an Absurdist Meme about a Roast Beef Shop Might Help Heal Your ChurchBy Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020
I wonder if you’re familiar with the “Sir, this is an Arby’s” meme. I wonder if you realize how helpful it could be to our churches in these tumultuous times.
What’s often missing in our calls to action is charity and freedom.
When I refer to the ethics of voting, I mean I’m interested in what makes a vote sinful or permissible. I’m not asking what makes a vote good or wise.
How do I know if my political advocacy is unwise and even ungodly? Here are four theological and pastoral suggestions for why and how Christians can be political activists.
Pastoring in Political Turmoil: International Perspectives
If there’s ever a time to trust in the sufficiency of God’s Word, it’s in the midst of political turmoil.
Lebanon is a spectacular country with a rich history. Her beauty is even recorded in the Bible. But for several thousand years, she has been plagued with destruction and corruption.
Several years ago, I left Venezuela to plant a Spanish-speaking church in DC. Yet here I am again: different country, similar protests; different reasons, similar chaos spilling onto the streets; different slangs and slurs, same hate-filled hearts.
In this episode of Pastors Talk, Mark and Jonathan talk about how pastors can prepare their people for a tough political season.
Pastors often need to have hard conversations. The best way to prepare people for such conversations is simple—it’s to love them.
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