When a congregation starts the process of appointing new elders, the preacher usually preaches a lesson or two about the qualifications of elders. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 are usually the two texts on which the preacher focuses. But I think we are missing some qualifications that are much more fundamental. Just because a man is not a drunkard and is the husband of one wife, does not make him qualified to serve as a shepherd in the Lord’s church.

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What you post online reveals a lot about your thinking. Whether your post is angry, passive-aggressive, political, religious, personal, or news-oriented, you’re probably sharing it because you’re thinking about it. Here are 8 questions we all need to ask before we post something online.

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Yesterday’s blog post, “Christian Men Should Wear Suits and Ties to Worship” was met with some interesting dialogue. I’m afraid some people missed the whole point of the post. The post was not to promote the wearing of “casual” clothes to worship. The point of the post was to illustrate one area in which we tend to use our personal opinions as a standard for judging our brethren. And this kind of judging has got to stop.

So here is a little reminder about what Christians should do with their opinions.

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Every time I see an old photograph of a professional baseball game, it amazes me that most of the male spectators were wearing suits and ties. Obviously, those days are long gone. In fact, suits and ties are becoming less and less common in many settings. On occasions like weddings, funerals, and worship services there are far less suits and ties than there used to be. This may or may not say something about our culture. But when it comes to the worship assembly, some brethren look at this situation and say, “This is a sign of disrespect. Christian men should wear suits and ties to worship.”

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You may have heard the phrase, “Restoration Movement” or you may have heard people say we need to “restore New Testament Christianity” or “restore the New Testament church.” You may or may not know what people mean by these phrases; and you may or may not see a need for “restoration.”

I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but I want to lay out what I mean when I speak of “restoring the New Testament church.”

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In many ways, the 1950s and 1960s were the glory days of the churches of Christ in the United States. In fact, “Churches of Christ were heralded in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the — if not the — fastest-growing religious groups in America” (source: Christian Chronicle). Sadly, many seem to think we will grow that way again if we do the same things, in the same ways, that we did back then. And that’s one reason we’re not growing at the rate we did back then.

Here are 5 reasons we need to stop trying to restore the church of the 50s and 60s.

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I want to be brutally honest about myself. I constantly say I want to be a better disciple, a better husband, a better father, a better preacher, etc. but I don’t always do the things necessary to experience the growth that I claim I want to see in my life. An athlete can say, “I want to run faster,” but unless he does something to improve his speed, it’s just talk.

Here are some things you and I will do if we really want to grow as Christians.

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Occasionally, because of articles I’ve written, I’ve been accused of “condemning” my brethren for the way they live or the way they worship. This has never been my intention and I sincerely apologize if I have ever come across this way. I’m sure I have made many mistakes in this area.

But that being said, I think we need to recognize the important distinction that exists between criticizing and condemning.

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Many people are pretty proud of the fact that they know the difference between a “pastor” and a “preacher.” However, just because you don’t call your preacher, “pastor,” doesn’t mean you really understand the biblical role of the preacher. Here are a few things we need to understand about the biblical role of the preacher.

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Personally, I get so tired of labels in the church: conservative, liberal, progressive, traditional, etc. It wears me out. These labels are so subjective and are often thrown around in an attempt to be condescending toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.

But to me, the worst part is that many of us believe we are biblically “conservative,” but are only fooling ourselves.

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