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In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberality, in all things, charity.

August 4, 2021

Leadership Notes

As most of you know, these Leadership Notes aren't solely about life here at Covenant Church. They are often about the intersection of faith, culture, and politics, rooted in God's Word. Sometimes I reflect on things that I find interesting. Sometimes I share opinions or positions that not everyone will agree with, and that's not a bad thing. In the arena of the honest exchange of ideas, here's something I keep in mind:

"Being easily offended is not a fruit of the Spirit."

{Ekkie Tepsupornchai}

It's okay to have different opinions, right? As long as it's not illegal, immoral, or unbiblical, we can think differently on things and it's okay. Remembering that great axiom of the Reformed faith, "In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberality, in all things, charity." I love that.

Here's a practical application. I've had lots of conversations with people about when they will be comfortable returning for in-person worship. Whether I agree or disagree with a person's decision is irrelevant. It is their decision to do what they feel is best for themselves and/or their family. Same thing goes for vaccines. As I once so famously said, "You keep being

you, and I'll keep being me, to the Glory of God Alone!"

I love a vigorous exchange of ideas. As long as we keep Paul's admonition to do a