My friend Frank over at Pulpit2Pew invited me to write a “Guest Post” for his website. He offered a few suggestions and I took him up on one of them. Frank suffered the consequences of his own decisions. For that he has been “disqualified” from serving in ministry – at least as practiced in our tradition for the most part. My musings pit disqualification over against forgiveness and the full implications of repentance that include restitution and restoration. Here is a “teaser” that hopefully will provide the impulse to read the entire piece. And, you may want to add Frank to your regular reads.
In the text often raced to in our attempts to purify the office of clergy we sidestep other qualifications, giving a pass to those who are intemperate, lazy and dishonest. Oh, they may lose their job in one place, but our churches are full of people who have passed from one place to the next with these foibles unaddressed.