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Accountability

I’ve heard the cries of some U.S. evangelicals claiming they are in the midst of persecution. I don’t pretend to know exactly what another person is going through, but I wonder if what they are experiencing is not persecution but accountability. Not one of us revels in being held accountable for our actions when we […] Read More

I am the first to admit that many in the pastoral profession desire all the perks of being a CEO in a local church – complete with salary and benefits – while refusing to be held accountable to the same standards as CEOs who work in the business world. CEOs get a bad rap these […] Read More

Ministers are accountable to God for the exercise of their ministry (see 1 Corinthians 4:1-4; Galatians 1:10; Hebrews 13:17). Therefore, they have a responsibility to exercise their ministry in a way that is responsive to the spirit’s leading. But ministers are also accountable to the church. Just as Paul and Barnabas gave an account of […] Read More

On Oct. 28, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), speaking at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., expressed concern that our current ability to do detailed genetic testing would lead to the elimination of people with certain traits. Even though I believe Paul was engaging in political rhetoric more than expressing an ethical concern, I also believe such […] Read More

Previously, I suggested that the starting point for bringing health and effectiveness to a church’s ministerial staff is the critical work of clarifying mission, vision and purpose in the congregation. That clarity then becomes the “north star” for every decision, every investment of resources, every staff position, every event that a congregation chooses to engage […] Read More

Evangelicals named to ministry watchdog panel By Adelle M. Banks RNS-EVANGEL-BRIEF WASHINGTON (RNS) The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has announced members of a commission to advise a Capitol Hill review of financial reform of religious groups. Secularists, however, say the panel’s all-evangelical leadership will be unable to police other evangelicals. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, […] Read More

In Atlanta, law enforcement authorities are investigating a controversial mortgage scheme that allegedly preyed on financially troubled homeowners. Two Baptist mega-church pastors are linked to the scheme. As reported by CBS Atlanta News, a company called Matrix Capital promised to lower people’s mortgages if they paid a $1,500 upfront fee. Police say “thousands of homeowners […] Read More

A Dallas TV station, WFAA, reports that Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, travels in a French-made private jet operated by the church, lives in a 10,000-square-foot home listed under the name of “Palometa Revocable Trust,” earns $1 million annual salary and has a number of for-profit companies related to his […] Read More

Hope and Help

Sermon delivered by Bob Browning, pastor of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, G.A., on October 11 2009. Hebrews 4: 12-16            Hebrews appears to be a book wrapped in mystery. E. F. Scott referred to it as the “Riddle of the New Testament,” because it leaves us with many unanswered questions. We don’t […] Read More

I haven’t had much empathy for the Republican Party in recent years, but I’m finding myself identifying with Sen. Olympia Snowe these days.    “We have not made any dramatic changes as a party that would suggest there has been any kind of reforming, refining of who we are and what we stand for,” the […] Read More