If we consider the history of Christendom, it should not come to us as a surprise that for many people, the terms pastor, bishop and presbyter designate different people. And yet, it caught me off guard. I did not expect everyone to be amazed how the New Testament presents a different perspective. Continue reading “Three leadership metaphors, yet one function”
“Rise up O men of God!
Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the king of kings.”
(William P. Merrill)
When beginning a study of the biblical role of women in the church, it is easy to assume that the issue revolves around questions such as what leadership role can women take on: can they lead singing? Preach? Become elders?
But I am convinced that this is not the pressing issue in the church at all. The real issue is the leadership of men in the church. Are men called on to lead in the church? If so, where are they? Why are they not taking the lead? Continue reading “Rise Up O Men of God”
Why would an ancient Israelite break God’s commandments by making an idol and by installing his own son (who may have been an Ephraimite), as his household priest? Scripture provides us with the reason. “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Judges 17:6 Although some contemporary advice would suggest, “let each person discover his own path,” the biblical book of Judges records the disastrous results which ensue when everybody pursues his own ideas about what is right. Judges 18:1; 19:1; 21:25 What God’s people needed then as well as today is strong godly leadership. … Continue reading God’s People Need Great Leaders / God’s Leaders Need Great Sheep
We see them whenever we gather for worship. They may drop by to see you at home or in the hospital. They are the ones who have been charged with watching over us and caring for our well-being.1 God’s Word directs us to obey them in order that their work will be a joy to them.2 We call them elders, shepherds (pastors) or overseers.3 These descriptive titles identify their relational function which the Lord himself created for the growth and good of the church.4 Because overseers are to understand the path which we all ought to be following, they are able … Continue reading We Call Them Shepherds