— You’ve mentioned before the value of elders reading books together. What’s the best way to go about that? — Do you have any advice for a husband and wife who can’t agree on which church to go to?
Mailbag #47: Applying Paul’s “Able to Teach” Qualification; Confidentiality between Pastors and Members?By Jonathan Leeman | 01.06.2017
— How gifted does someone have to be in order to be considered “able to teach”? — Can church members appeal to a kind of “pastor-member confidentiality”?
Mailbag #46: Tricky Membership Question about Immigration; Pastoring a Church with Lots of DivorceesBy Jonathan Leeman | 12.23.2016
— A woman who came to the United States under false pretenses wants to join our church. What should we do? — How should a pastor proceed when he inherits a church with several divorcees?
— When talking to transgender friends or family members, which pronoun should I use? — How would you handle the pre-marital counseling of an egalitarian couple?
One of our hopes for this Journal is that it will spur you on in prayer for our brothers and sisters around the globe. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of prayer requests from our contributors.
Mailbag #44: Applying “Husband of One Wife”; Leaving the Church but Attending Bible Study; Women Voting in the ChurchBy Jonathan Leeman | 12.09.2016
— What does “husband of one wife” mean? That a prospective elder must have never been divorced? — Someone who left our church still wants to attend our church’s ladies’ Bible study. Is that okay? — Does 1 Timothy 2:12 forbid women from voting in congregational matters?
— How does your church care for an excommunicated member when they show up at church? — Can a person who wants to be a member of the church but is functionally at the level of a child be baptized?
The topics of marriage and family necessarily involve society in matters which the state will need to regulate.
9Marks, the North American Mission Board, and Send partnered together for a one-day conference on church revitalization in Washington, DC.
—Why do churches discipline for sins like homosexuality and adultery but not other sins like gluttony or vanity or greed? —Would you do pre-marital counseling for two unbelievers? If so, what would you cover?
Mailbag #41: When the Church Votes “No” on a Clear Discipline Case; The Biblical Case of “Lay Elders”By Jonathan Leeman | 11.11.2016
—What if the congregation votes “no” in a clear case of discipline? —Are “lay elders” a biblical category?
In a pagan culture, sexual freedom and abortive freedom is religious freedom.
Mailbag #40: Too High a Standard for Church Membership; Where Are Churches Commanded to Gather WeeklyBy Jonathan Leeman | 11.04.2016
—You say the standard for church membership is nothing more than simply “being a Christian.” But that’s not entirely true, is it? —Where in Scripture are local churches commanded to gather every week?
Week #10—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Treat People Equally (Justice and Identity Politics)By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2016
This week we will mediate on the government’s job to treat all God-imagers equally as God-imagers.