A Christian Perspective of Internet Criticisms

March 1, 2014 ...

1. We aspire to have a genuine love and concern for both the one being criticized and the one making the criticism. As followers of Christ, we are called to live by one rule: Love one another (John 13:34). Jesus calls us to be humble, to be merciful, and to be peacemakers wherever possible (Matthew …

Holy Sarcasm?

September 22, 2013 ...

Many of the early Church Fathers associated humor with moral vices and preached against it. The Puritans banned comedies, believing they were inherently immoral. And the Rule of Benedict eschewed “foolish chatter” and urged speaking “nothing just to provoke laughter.” At first glance the Bible might seem to support such a dour outlook on life. …

Q&A with Dan Busby

June 21, 2012 ...

Q  How can pastors be accountable in their personal finances? A  Pastors should be exemplary in living within their means and paying personal obligations. Few things will damage a church more quickly than when word spreads that the pastor’s finances are not in sterling condition. Q  What is your top tip for church leaders who …

The Night Ted Haggard Made the News

June 21, 2012 ...

I turned to my wife, Charleen, and said, “They’re going to call me.” It was about an hour later that the phone rang and a representative of the NAE Executive Committee explained that Ted was no longer the president and asked if I would immediately become the interim president of NAE. They wanted to release …

The Weight of Pastoral Ethics

June 21, 2012 ...

All believers are called to live and embody God’s designs in every sphere of life. But pastors and Christian leaders have a special responsibility, for as the Apostle Paul cautioned, “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited” (2 Corinthians 6:3). Pastoral ethics, like all of Christian …

When You Fail

June 21, 2012 ...

I was ordained to ministry in 1974 and received a Ph.D. in counseling in 1981. In March 1987 I worked in a small Midwestern city directing a Christian health center. I also taught at the local college, preached at a church on weekends, and was a member of the local school board. My high school …

Why the NAE Issued a Clergy Code of Ethics

June 13, 2012 ...

But eroding standards, moral ambiguity, and other factors have made that assumption dangerous, says Luder Whitlock, who chaired a drafting committee for a National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) clergy code of ethics for clergy. The code, released today, urges trustworthiness, integrity, purity, fairness, and accountability. The text of the code is available at NAECodeofEthics.com in …

NAE Releases Code of Ethics for Pastors

June 12, 2012 ...

“Most pastors are highly ethical, but few have signed a written code of ethics,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “This is every pastor’s opportunity to know, commit and tell others about a personal and professional standard of biblical pastoral ethics. I invite every pastor and every church board to put this code of ethics on …

Who’s Signed the Code?

June 1, 2012 ...

Among many others, the growing list of pastors includes: Matthew Barnett Angelus Temple Mark Batterson National Community Church Bishop Charles Blake West Angeles Church of God in Christ John Crosby Christ Presbyterian Church Saturnino Gonzalez Iglesia El Calvario Gordon Hugenberger Park Street Church Joel Hunter Northland, A Church Distributed Bill Hybels Willow Creek Community Church …