Mark McIntyre wrote a piece on his blog called Selective Grace that highlights the ways in which the church tends to more easily demonstrate grace with some than with others. It’s a call to a more generous grace that does not distinguish between particular sins or particular differences in belief. How have we been withholding grace from those who might most be in need of it? How can we offer grace in ways that acknowledge the generous grace we have received from God?
From the blog:
In a denomination that I formerly attended many of the pastors would often refer to their drug abuse in their “B.C.” days. They would use their former behavior as an illustration of God’s grace, and rightly so. They did indeed receive grace and despite their past failures God uses them in ministry.
The problem comes in when some other sins are less likely to receive grace. In some churches, those who have experienced divorce, those who struggle with same sex attraction, those with mental illness and those who might disagree on minor points of doctrine receive anything but grace. Even in that denomination with the formerly drug addled pastors, selective grace was a struggle and some people were treated in a manner inconsistent with grace.
OK, we don’t really think this is the difference between theology and philosophy, but how does this guy not get that not believing in believing is, itself, a belief?
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Greg talks about leading churches and about how the age of the pastor can impact a congregation. Episode 556 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0556.mp3
Cartoon via Adventures of the Holy Ghost Thanks for the heads up @andrewhaak!
In this episode Greg discusses church organization and the current model of developing church leaders (as well as the nature of their role in the church). Links: Greg’s book: “The Myth of a Christian Nation” http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0035.mp3