In the early decades of the Restoration Movement, elders were not considered an office of the church but merely a description of the kind of men God was looking for to lead his church as a part of the membership. When we open up scripture, we see no meetings held in the early years of the church where elders sequestered themselves from the members. In fact, the only elders’ meeting we see was actually a wide open meeting with apostles, evangelists, and “others.” It seems none were excluded. David Lipscomb, one of the most powerful, conservative voices in the first century of our movement, was strongly opposed to considering the eldership an office.
the world is watching. those hanging on to their faith by a thread are watching. the future generations are watching.
and so far what we’re offering them are deep divides, angry answers on the internet, homogenous churches and ministries, fear, and disdain. we’re either fighting or fleeing.
In the spirit of promoting awareness and understanding, we’re excited to present DoSomething.org’s “Undocumented for a Day” game. Of course, we know it is impossible to come close to understanding the experience of being undocumented simply by playing a game, but we hope this can be a great first step toward gaining that understanding.
This game puts you in the shoes of an undocumented high school senior approaching graduation. The game works by presenting you with scenarios and different options of responding; you choose how you will respond to each scenario by texting one of the keyword options.
According to Robert Hogan, an industrial psychologist and professor, two-thirds of the people currently in leadership will fail; they will be fired, demoted, or “kicked upstairs.” The most common reason will be their inability to build or maintain a team. (Hogan defines leadership as “the capacity to build and maintain a high-performance team.”)
Could it be that’s where we gotten off track: that we’ve confused results of the gospel for the primary purpose? Is it possible that we were so anxious to be relevant that we sold out on what we really have to offer? Could we have traded being needed for being desired? And how do you know if the integrity of your message has been compromised? How do you reremember what it was that you were working for in the first place?
Now, on the downslope of parenting, I have misgivings about my decision to stay home. While I don’t know any parent who regrets time spent with their kids, especially kids who have moved on to their own lives — and I include myself among them — in hindsight, my decision seems flawed. Although I am fully aware that being a SAHM was certainly a luxury, staring at an empty nest and very diminished prospects of employment, I have real remorse.
An anonymous city planner named the streets in June 1977. At the time, the “Star Trek” saga was experiencing something of a lull. The original series had been off the air for nearly a decade, and the first motion picture in the series was still two years away from its debut.