Logic is a friend to people of faith and can be an aid for students to maintain their faith. But it is not the only factor in maintaining religious convictions. Joni, whom I mentioned earlier, was convinced that the grace of God preserved her relationship with Jesus. “In so many ways,” she said, “I really don’t know how I got out of college in one piece.” For Joni, her “logic flowed from her faith.” She cited G. K. Chesterton: “You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.”
So you’ve heard a sermon and you’re not happy. You feel the preacher got it badly wrong in either his interpretation, his words, his manner, his length, his whatever.
Well, I’m not going to tell you exactly what words to use. I’m simply going to give you ten questions to ask that I hope will produce the right words and the right way to say them should you ever have to offer criticism to a preacher.
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Many kids know God.
Or rather they know about God. That is, they are aware of many facts about the deity that they hear of from church-going parents. They hear about God when they get put through my Worship Services and Youth ministry.
However, many kids do not know God for themselves.
One of the great privileges and responsibilities of pastoral ministry is mentoring godly young men for their future in ministry. This is a subset of the overall mission Jesus gave to the church to “make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to obey every I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19). While all converts to Christ need to be discipled into mature obedience in the faith, there is a special need for pastors to train up the next generation of spiritual leaders.
But what happens when the men you are training up to be pastors and elders begin to develop differing theological opinions? How should a pastor approach these disagreements?