M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet (Eerdmans).
Everyone knew the family's problems, but there was never a word of judgment or even pity. The congregation was just being the church.
Case by case
Conflict is neither good nor bad. It is just inevitable, and it’s another tool for leadership. Jesus Christ started most of the ones he experienced, so why should his faithful disciples expect to avoid them?
Social commentators warn that if you don't manage your social media identity, someone else will. I recently learned this the hard way.
Jack Anderson is every pastor’s dream elder; he's served the church in countless ways. The only thing he wanted in return was to be my friend.
The Century's work relies primarily on subscriptions and donations. Thank you for supporting nonprofit journalism.
Support us by buying books: