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Archive for October, 2017

“Let Not Thine Heart Envy Sinners”

Lee Moses

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The Prime Function Of An Elder

Jerry C. Brewer

Most folks have a skewed view of an elder’s function, including many of those who serve in the eldership. Elders are viewed by many members of the church as sort of a “board of directors” who set congregational policy, which is then carried out through the preacher, who is looked upon as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Another way to put it is that many people consider elders much like a school board, with the preacher as a superintendent. Because of this unbiblical view of elders, many who serve in that capacity may have adopted the same idea of the prime function of an elder. To many people, the elder is one whose primary concerns are the arrangement of the church building, its paint color, the hiring of folks like janitors, secretaries, and the preacher, and as a watchdog over the treasury, among other things. Some even look upon the eldership as simply an “advisory committee” as evidenced by the Palm Beach Lakes elders in Florida who publicly stated they would serve in that capacity for Apologetics Press (AP). Even though they are ostensibly its overseers, AP also has a board of directors. In an open letter to AP supporters, announcing the firing of Bert Thompson, the elders wrote, Read the rest of this entry »

Come Home

Jerry C. Brewer

There’s an old song that begins, “Many years ago in days of childhood/I used to play till evening time would come/Then winding down that old familiar pathway/I’d hear my mother call at setting sun/Come home, come home, it’s supper time/The shadows lengthen fast/Come home, come home, it’s supper time/We’re going home at last” I cannot hear that song without a lump arising in my throat as I remember my own mother’s call like that one, Oh, so long ago in childhood. And even today, her voice echoes through my memory.

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