Rivers in the Desert

I had an opportunity to run a Ragnar trail race which is a 120-mile trail run split between eight racers each running three legs. This race is run over a 24-hour period. So, in total, each runner runs 15 miles. Let me be the first to tell you

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A Winter Awakening

Recently I had the opportunity to serve alongside Pastor Kyle Curry and our RSM High School leaders at their winter camp. The timing of the weekend

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A Too Much Kinda Love

Today while preparing a lesson to teach an elementary school Bible class, a young fourth-grade girl approached me and asked,

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Nine Reliance Church Values

If you had the opportunity to shape the perfect church culture, what would it look like? Culture, in any organization, is a combination of

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What The Bible Says About Pastors And Divorce

 

“What does the “husband of one wife” phrase in 1 Timothy 3:2 mean? Can a divorced man serve as a pastor, elder, or deacon?”


[It is important to note as we begin that this section of scripture is dealing specifically with the offices of church leadership, and is not dealing with membership to the body of Christ or spiritual giftedness]. There are at least three possible interpretations of the phrase “husband of one wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2. 1) It could simply be saying that a polygamist is not qualified to be an elder, a deacon or a pastor. This is the most literal interpretation of the phrase, but seems somewhat unlikely considering that polygamy was quite rare in the time that Paul was writing. 2) The phrase could also be translated “one-woman man.” This would indicate that a bishop must be absolutely loyal to the woman he is married to. This interpretation focuses more on moral purity than marital status. 3) The phrase could also be understood to declare that in order to be an elder/deacon/pastor, a man can only have been married once, other than in the case of a remarried widower.

 

Interpretations 2) and 3) are the most prevalent today. Interpretation 2) seems to be the strongest, primarily because Scripture seems to allow for divorce in exceptional circumstances (Matthew 19:91 Corinthians 7:12-16). [While divorce does not disqualify someone from Christ, it may very well disqualify someone from pastoral leadership.] It would also be important to differentiate between a man who was divorced and

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