Four Occasions When a Pastor Should Draw a Line in the Sand

Episode #599
December 20, 2019
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Nations on the verge of war use it. A group of children on the playground may even physically draw it. Regardless of who evokes it, the metaphor of a line in the sand is strong. Thom and Sam discuss the four occasions when a pastor should draw a line in the sand.


    1. When there is a threat to core and foundational biblical issues.
    2. When the pastor’s family is being attacked.
    3. When there is a toxic person wreaking havoc.
    4. When the church refuses to reach beyond its walls.

Other highlights:

    • A definition of heresy and what it’s not. Don’t overuse or expand the definition of heresy but defend the Gospel at all costs.
    • Always ask the question of intent and patterns when facing criticism of family.
    • A line in the sand may look like moving on to another calling.
    • A critic is rarely a toxic person.
    • What to do with an intentionally inward focused church.

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