Don’t fool yourself; racism isn’t about race. If we were all to wake up in the morning with the same skin color discrimination wouldn’t end. How long do you suppose it would take until we found a new way to discriminate against each other? Would it be eye color, hair color, height, weight, or some other way to differentiate between people? The possibilities are endless, but without question, we’d find a reason.
DOUG and BILL are responsible for the flock at 26th and Connecticut. As it is a tremendous weight on their shoulders, the congregation must also accept the responsibility of supporting them.
Our elders have been vetted using the only possible vetting system available to us - the Word of God. After careful study of the Scriptures, interviews, and many prayers, DOUG and BILL have been identified as qualified by the standards of the New Testament.
Introduce yourself to the elders when you attend. You may find them to be among the most personable and knowledgable men you have ever met.
This morning, we awake to the news of shootings on Connecticut Avenue. The shootings appear to be random, but only investigations and interviews will reveal true motives. More importantly, as Christians, we pray
May all involved find peace, comfort, and healing. May all be consoled in the knowledge that our God is real, alive, and active.
Let us remember to pray.
Contributor Steve Higginbotham began full-time work with the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, Tennessee, as the preaching minister. He is also a faculty member of the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies (formerly known as the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions). His website/blog is Preachinghelp.org.
I’ve been a Facebook user since 2006. Since that time, I would consider myself a moderate user (my children would choose the term “creeper”). Whatever term best identifies me, I’ve been around long enough to be “put off,” “disappointed,” “embarrassed,” and “shocked” by some of the things I’ve read and seen. Therefore, I’m going to share a few “Etiquette Tips” for Christian Facebook users. Now, I’m no “Emily Post” (for those of you who don’t know who Emily Post is, Wiki her), but I do think the following suggestions would go a long way in making Facebook a more productive experience. So here’s my “Top Ten List.”
Don’t criticize the church or your brethren. Remember, the world is looking on! When King David learned of Saul’s death, he instructed Israel to “tell it not in Gath…lest they rejoice” (2 Samuel 1:20). Gath was a Philistine city, the home of Goliath. David didn’t want the sad news of Saul’s death to be used as an opportunity for his enemies to rejoice. Can you identify problems and imperfections in your local congregation? Of course you can, because the church consists of imperfect people. But may I suggest that when you are able to identify weaknesses and failures among your brethren, “Tell it not on Facebook.” After all, Jesus has a better way of dealing with it, doesn’t he? (Matthew 18:15-17).
Wes McAdams is the preaching minister at the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, Texas.
His writing - located on his Radically Christian website - is often poignant and timely.
Some words make us very nervous. Among the world’s most nerve-racking words are the simple little words, “all” and “every.” Whenever someone dares use such words, objectors are quick to offer possible exceptions, so as to take the edge off these words. So if someone says, “Every church needs elders,” there are bound to be people who object. That’s why I pray you’ll not object too quickly and you’ll let me explain why every church needs elders.
1. Every Church Needs Elders Because the Bible Says So
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