Conflict and Pastors

There are a lot of old jokes that are built on the common experience that churches are places of conflict. The New Testament epistles are nearly all written because churches were in conflict. Sometimes internal, sometimes external but the presence of people seems to always bring with it some conflict. And I think this isContinue reading “Conflict and Pastors”

Brian vs. the Clear Reading of Scripture, pt. 2

I still remember when a man in the church divorcing his wife and marrying another was instant disqualification from ministry. Why were we picking on people whose marriage ended because of divorce? Because we followed the Bible. “For example, a man who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery. And anyone who marriesContinue reading “Brian vs. the Clear Reading of Scripture, pt. 2”

Brian vs. the Clear Reading of Scripture

I write for many reasons but one reason, and it’s not a little one, is so that my kids and their kids will understand how their dad got this way. They may or may not ever read this but their confusion won’t be because I didn’t try. And that’s not a bad thing. One thingContinue reading “Brian vs. the Clear Reading of Scripture”