How to live Christianly in the world – Titus 3:1-8, Part 2

In the first post in this series on Titus 3:1-8, I introduced the series saying that so often we Christians talk about the good news of Jesus by focusing on its implications for life after death. While it does apply to the eternal realm for sure, what we notice in a letter like Titus, isContinue reading “How to live Christianly in the world – Titus 3:1-8, Part 2”

How not to become a bitter old maid – Titus 2:1-10, Part 3

I’ll never forget the time, as she in hospice and weeks away from passing, when my maternal grandmother admitted to me, through tears, that she was afraid she was becoming a bad Christian. She was referring to the aging process, and how she could become impatient and angry, or judgmental. No doubt she was alwaysContinue reading “How not to become a bitter old maid – Titus 2:1-10, Part 3”

How to have a multi-generational church – Titus 2:1-10, Part 1

Actor Brad Pitt, now 55 years old, recently commented that acting has become a younger man’s game.  Increasingly, so is much about our culture in America.  Where does that leave those who are older?  Retirement homes?  Are you only worthwhile if you are young?  For a number of years now, America has been in aContinue reading “How to have a multi-generational church – Titus 2:1-10, Part 1”

What is sound doctrine? Titus 1:10-16, Part 3

In this series of posts on Titus 1:10-16, Paul has been talking about redemptive church discipline. He has described how to practice faithful confrontation that seeks to encourage people away from divisiveness toward sound doctrine. But what is sound doctrine? What is going on with these people?  In today’s post, we’re going to focus onContinue reading “What is sound doctrine? Titus 1:10-16, Part 3”

How to have restorative church discipline – Titus 1:10-16, Part 2

When you discover troublemakers in the church, what is a faithful way to respond to them? Confrontation is difficult, so we might be tempted to avoid the troublemakers and think the problem will work itself out on its own. It rarely does, though. Instead, as we will see in our continuing study of Titus 1:10-16,Continue reading “How to have restorative church discipline – Titus 1:10-16, Part 2”

Spotting deceivers in the church – Titus 1:10-16, Part 1

“They didn’t teach that in seminary.”  I had a wonderful seminary experience, and I would recommend my seminary to anyone. But there are some aspects of pastoral ministry that you just have to experience, and it is about those that pastors can say, “they didn’t teach that in seminary.” Dealing with funerals.  The emotional toll. Continue reading “Spotting deceivers in the church – Titus 1:10-16, Part 1”

Appoint or Elect? How should we select leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 1

I recently heard the story of a pastor who got in a predicament.  The story goes like this: “A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short on time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under his windshield wiper thatContinue reading “Appoint or Elect? How should we select leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 1”

Of Slaves and Apostles – Titus 1:1-4, Part 2

Have you ever called yourself a slave to your boss? A slave to your job? Maybe you have slaved over a project in school. Or perhaps you worked slavishly doing yard work. We use the word “slave” in many ways, even though that word has a horrid connotation because it describes the very awful andContinue reading “Of Slaves and Apostles – Titus 1:1-4, Part 2”

Reading other people’s mail – Titus 1:1-4, Part 1

Have you ever accidentally received mail for your neighbor? It happens to all of us from time to time.  The question is, what do you do with it? Usually just walk it over to their house, right? Do you ever just throw it away?  Please don’t!  It’s illegal! Most often misdelivered mail happens when youContinue reading “Reading other people’s mail – Titus 1:1-4, Part 1”