The good folks over at BetweenTheTimes.com just posted my newest article as part of their "Pastorally Speaking" series. This time I'm dealing with the need for church discipline, but the failure of many in church life to deal with it in a Christ honoring manner. Here's a short quote from the article.
Church discipline is never an issue which we can approach flippantly, or with excitement. It reflects the tragic and fallen nature of humanity, specifically those who have claimed the blood of Jesus. It is necessary because of the persistent and abiding nature of sin and it always leads to a black mark on the bridal gown of Christ’s church. While we plead and hope for repentance and restoration, in my experience that is not often the end result. And yet all of that, and my own discomfort with it, must not keep us from its practice.
If you would like to read the entire article, you can check it out here.