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What Do To If Someone Sins Against You . . . in the Digital Age, Part 2

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Yesterday I set up the question: How do we apply the teaching of Jesus about confronting someone who sins against us . . . in the digital age? Since it can be much easier and safer to communicate with someone […]

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What Do To If Someone Sins Against You . . . in the Digital Age

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Jesus says that if someone sins against you, you’re to go to the person when you can be alone and point out that person’s fault. This seems clear enough, even if we’re not all that happy about it. But how […]

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What To Do When You Sin Against Someone

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So far in this series we’ve focused on the main question: What should you do if somebody sins against you? The answer, in a nutshell: Go to that person. Even though you’re the wronged party, you should initiate reconciliation, according […]

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What Do To If Someone Sins Against You: Lavish Forgiveness

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So far our investigation of Matthew 18 has turned up the following guidance for what to do if someone sins against you: Step 1: Go and privately point out the fault to the wrongdoer.If Step 1 is successful, you have […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Kiss the Son!?

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READ Psalm 2:1-12   Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,     and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities–for his anger flares up in an instant.     But what joy for all who take refuge in […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Step Four (continued)

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Yesterday I began to examine step four of Jesus’ guidance for what to do if someone sins against you. In case you’re new to this blog series, let me review what we’ve seen so far, based on a close reading […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Step Four

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So far in this series we’ve seen that Jesus’ guidance for what to do if someone sins against you includes three steps: Step 1: Go and privately point out the fault to the wrongdoer.If Step 1 is successful, you have […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Step Three

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In my last post I examined step two of Jesus’ guidance for what to do if someone sins against you. Let me review what we’ve seen so far: Step 1: Go and privately point out the fault to the wrongdoer.If […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: When the One You Confront Doesn’t Listen, Part 2

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Yesterday, I began to consider what we should do when we privately confront someone who sinned against us but that person simply won’t listen. Though we might want to let things drop at this point, Jesus says we’re not done. […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: When the One You Confront Doesn’t Listen

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So far in this series I’ve examined the beginning of Jesus’ instructions on what to do if someone sins against you. Step one, you may recall, was to go to the person and tell him or her the fault in […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: The Antidote to Worship Crankiness

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The Antidote to Worship Crankiness READ Psalm 150:1-6   Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;     praise him with strings and flutes! Psalm 150:4 Worship crankiness. As a pastor, I’ve dealt with it for years. As a worshiper, I struggle with […]

Moths, Anyone?

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I’ve seen both of these moths in the last couple of months. They were both about four to five inches from wingtip to wingtip. This means what you’re seeing below is pretty close to life-sized. Imperial Moth (Laity Lodge, near […]

What to Do If Someone Sins Against You: The Purpose

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In my last post I examined the first step in Jesus guidance concerning what to do if someone sins against you. It was this: “Go and point out the fault when the two of your are alone.” In this post […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Step One

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In my last post I discussed the set up for Jesus guidance concerning what to do if someone sins against you. In this post I’ll examine step one of his advice. Here, once again, is the whole passage from Matthew […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Jesus Sets Up the Case

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In my last post I introduced Matthew 18:15-17, a passage in which Jesus talks about what to do if someone sins against you, and made some preliminary remarks. Today I start examining the text itself. The whole passage reads: “If […]

What To Do If Someone Sins Against You: Introduction to the Teaching of Jesus

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In last Friday’s post I introduced this series, which seeks to answer the question: “What should I do if someone in the church sins against me?” With no further ado, let’s examine the basic teaching of Jesus: “If another member […]

Cup Holders, Anyone?

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I remember my first cup holder. It was an awkward, plastic device that attached to door of my car. It was supposed to hold a small cup or can of soda. It did so, though not very successful. If I […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: An Expansive Call to Worship

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An Expansive Call to Worship READ Psalm 148:1-14   Praise the LORD!     Praise the LORD from the heavens!     Praise him from the skies! Psalm 148:1 As a pastor for more than twenty years, I have “called people to worship” dozens, if not […]

Something to Think About on 9/11

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The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, 1883 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and […]

When Someone Sins Against You: Introduction

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Christian fellowship is one of life’s sweetest desserts. There’s nothing quite like being with a group of people who love you warts and all. There’s great peace in sharing life with folks who are there to weep when you weep […]

Love and Keeping a Record of Wrongs

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In my last post I began to consider what it means that love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5). In particular, I raised the question of whether or not it’s ever appropriate for a loving Christian to keep […]

Love is Fine, But What About . . . ?

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I’ve received lots of comments and emails in response to this series on Christians in conflict. Many have left me with mixed feelings. I’ve heard from people who have found my discussion to be very helpful to them, a fact […]

Want to Grow in Your Faith? Check out Reclaiming the Mind Ministries

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A couple of years ago I became aware of Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. I was most impressed with the high quality of the educational materials they make available online. I continue to think that Reclaiming the Mind Ministries offers a […]

The Long View of Love

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Many years ago I found myself in a conflict with a fellow leader in my church. Though I tried everything I could think of to bring reconciliation, I failed. As he was leaving our church, he made sure that many […]

Goldfinches, Anyone?

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I took this picture in my backyard a few days ago. If you look carefully, you can count twenty Lesser Goldfinches on the two feeders.

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Are You in Good Hands?

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READ Psalm 31:1-24   My future is in your hands. Psalm 31:15a I can still hear the television commercial’s promise echoing in my memory: “You’re in good hands with Allstate.” In fact, this slogan was created by David Ellis, the […]

Three More High Sierra Photos

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Here are three more photos from my recent vacation, which included several marvelous hikes in the High Sierra of California. Bull Lake, outside of Bishop, California. A Sierra Lily, near Mammoth Lakes, California. My son Nathan in a moment of […]

Love for the Long Haul

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I mentioned earlier in this series that I get nervous sometimes over the hyper-romanticism of weddings. All too often that which begins in dreamy splendor ends in the all-too-real sadness of disappointment or divorce. Romantic love is just fine, but […]

Loving Like Jesus . . . Easier Said Than Done

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1 Corinthians 13 calls us to love like Jesus. Though he is not specifically mentioned in verses 4-7, Jesus is surely the model behind Paul’s exhortation. The love of Jesus is epitomized, most of all, in the cross, in his […]

What Love Is All About: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Yesterday I began my investigation of love in 1 Corinthians 13. Today I continue by focusing especially on verses 4-7: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its […]

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