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Grammy Award-winning artist Kanye West seemingly compared himself to Moses of the Bible in a now-viral Instagram story post last week.
Elders at The Village Church said Instagram direct messages “revealed something unhealthy.”The Village Church pastor Matt Chandler announced on Sunday that he had an inappropriate online relationship with a woman and is taking an indefinite leave of absence from preaching and teaching.The relationship was not sexual or romantic, Chandler told his church, but the elders believed the frequent and familiar direct messages exchanged over Instagram were “unguarded and unwise” and “revealed something unhealthy in me.” Chandler said he agreed with their assessment and was grateful for the spiritual oversight.“We cannot be a church where anyone is above the Scriptures and above the high heavenly call into Christ Jesus,” Chandler said. “The Word of God holds me to a certain standard. And I fell short.”The Village Church is a large and influential Southern Baptist congregation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Chandler, 48, has been pastor since 2002 and president of the church-planting network Acts 29 since 2012, when he replaced Mark Driscoll, who was later deemed to be disqualified from leadership because of his personal character.Chandler has said he and Acts 29 have learned over the years to better guard against narcissistic leaders, both by increased vetting before the pastors sent out to plant a church and by increasing accountability in ministry. In January, he told CT that pastors need to be “in the kind of community [where] they might be encouraged or challenged if you start getting red flags.”For Chandler, the red flag came “several months ago” when a woman approached him in the foyer of The Village Church with concerns about how he was communicating with a friend of hers, Chandler said. He told the congregation he didn’t think he’d ...Continue reading...
When my kids (and others around me) are using an app on their phone, it doesn't take much observation to see that many times they are also checking the text that just pinged, taking a quick glance at Instagram, and so forth.Â
A celebrated restauranteur received a painful reminder of a common axiom: when it comes to criticism, it’s much harder to digest than it is to dish out. Maya Lovelace, chef/owner of two Portland eateries, made waves when she began soliciting and posting to her Instagram account anonymous criticisms ...
Spiritual Leadership Conference 2021 has begun! Our theme this year is “Declare the Gospel.” And what a needed theme this is! In a world that is pushing declarations of division and hatred, we must be the people who declare the salvation and redemption available through Christ. Every service and session of this year's conference is centered around helping Christians and churches more effectively declare the gospel in their communities.We recognize that many are unable to travel to Lancaster for the conference—and especially this year with some of the travel challenges related to Covid. For this reason, we are making all of the services and the auditorium sessions available on live stream.So, whether you will be on campus with us this week or joining via live stream, here are a few ways to glean the most from this conference:Conference AppThe Spiritual Leadership Conference app (available on both iOS and Android) provides helpful, updated information on session times and titles, information on speakers, nursery locations, a campus map, and direct access to the live stream.For conference delegates, the app includes a concierge service, a personalized conference schedule, and the ability to ask questions for the discussion panels directly through the app. Enable notifications to receive updates on schedule changes or other helpful information.Live Stream Schedule All of the services and the sessions that take place in the main auditorium will be live streamed at lbclive.tv.(All times below are given in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7). A full conference schedule is available at slconference.com or on the conference app.)Sunday, October 38:30 and 10:30 AM – Morning Service5:00 PM – Evening ServiceMonday, October 46:30 PM – Evening ServiceTuesday, October 58:30 AM – General Session 1 (Paul Chappell—Declaring the Gospel in Your Community)10:15 AM – General Session 2 (Dean Herring, Kuna, Idaho)6:00 PM – Preservice Interviews6:30 PM – Evening ServiceWednesday, October 68:30 AM – General Session 1 (Pastor Paul Chappell—Casting and Implementing a Fresh Vision for Your Church)10:15 AM – General Session 2 (General John Teichert, Maryland)6:00 PM – Preservice Interviews 6:30 PM – Evening ServiceJoin the Conversation You can follow @slconference on Twitter and Instagram or like Spiritual Leadership Conference on Facebook for updates throughout the conference. (I'll be posting updates and photos on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook channels as well.)We're using the hashtag #slc21 across the social media platforms, so whether you are attending in person or watching live stream, join the conversation to share how the Lord is using the conference in your life!
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