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The Real Meaning of Matthew 18:20

To be sure, these are words of reassurance. But don’t misapply Matthew 18:20. It isn’t a therapeutic passage for Christians who are depressed over a shrinking membership roster. Jesus isn’t talking about low attendance numbers or being forced to worship in a hotel room with your family when there isn’t a local church with which […]

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Ben Thinkin’ #2: Baking Cakes For Gay Weddings, Endorsing Sin, and Withdrawing Without Elders

[The Ben Thinkin’ series is a venue for answering questions my readers have submitted. I answer several questions in each post. If you would like to submit questions for future Ben Thinkin’ posts, please leave a comment at the end of the article.] 1. Cindy asks: Can a church without elders practice withdrawal of fellowship from impenitent members?  Yes. […]

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When It Is Time To Leave

[A few days ago I wrote, “Thinking About Leaving Your Church? Not So Fast.” It has generated quite a bit of traffic, and many of you have written some very good responses, both publicly and privately. Some readers have asked: When, if ever, is it okay to leave?] The disease of consumerism is a plague […]

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Working Together: Protecting The Precious Elder/Minister Relationship

According to Flavil Yeakley, the average preacher tenure in the United States is 2.2 years. He also reports that over 600 ministers leave the ministry every year. Not 600 leave their congregation – they leave the ministry altogether. I don’t know about you, but I think these are staggering numbers.  Now, I certainly understand that there are a […]

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The Lord’s Church… A Democracy?

God knew what He was doing when He designed the church. His wisdom is profoundly obvious, especially when you observe congregations that do not respect His design (and their subsequent problems). Consider the church’s leadership. God decided that each congregation should be led by elders (Acts 14:23; 20:17; Titus 1:5-16; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Heb. 13:17) […]

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