Things I Think
1. The exposure and discipline of one caught in sin is the easy (though awful) work of the church. The real work is to restore the the fallen one who has repented to full participation and acceptance in the Body. Disqualification from position does not equal exclusion from place. We either affirm or deny the Gospel by our actions and attitudes after the fall.
2. We err grievously when we fail to distinguish between the beliefs and doctrines necessary to be part of our particular tradition or sect and those necessary for participation in the kingdom of God.
3. I grow more and more convinced that the biblical doctrine that we both neglect and need the most is that of being members of one family in Christ.
4. The unbiblical exaltation of those in the church with a particular gift also gives rise to the unbiblical desire to bury them when they fall. Error begets error…
5. “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”” (Hebrews 12:6 ESV) Love and discipline must be administered together in the church…loveless discipline is retributive and has no place in the Body of Christ.
6. The resurrection is the the guarantee to every other promise in Scripture.
7. I find it baffling that there is no real example of how to deal with a fallen elder in the N.T…
8. God usually works in a process…don’t judge the process when you are in it…“And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”(Mark 8:22–25 ESV)
9. I recently read the biography of one of my heroes, legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant. Toward the end of the book he goes out of his way to say that he is not a believer in God. I almost choked up. I still have all the respect and admiration for him I ever had…just accompanied now by a ton of sadness.
10. The Christian life is one in which we are daily either celebrating or anticipating Easter.