Elder advises deciding which beliefs are 'core'
By Dixon Cartwright
TYLER, Texas--A visiting elder from Indiana challenged congregations in Tyler and Big Sandy during a recent Sabbath visit to recognize and deal with their core beliefs.
Elder Jeff Osborn of Terre Haute, Ind., said Aug. 13 that "qualifying" one's core beliefs can help Christians build unity rather than cause division in their ministries, congregations and personal relationships.
Mr. Osborn is pastor of the Church of God Terre Haute. He flew to East Texas in mid-August to speak on a Sabbath morning before the headquarters congregation of the Church of God International, pastored by Charles Groce, as well as afternoon services at the Church of God Big Sandy, pastored by Dave Havir.
Mr. Osborn delivered sermons to both groups on the same day, emphasizing relationships and "love" in contrast to doctrines, specifically doctrinal differences.
He said that, in view of the contentious relationships and nonrelationships of many Church of God members, a critical look at the relative importance of doctrine is appropriate.
In Big Sandy, after both Sabbath services, Mr. Osborn also gave an informal presentation in the form of an interactive Bible study that he titled "Tube of Toothpaste."
His comments about toothpaste referred to mannerisms and habits of a husband that grate on the nerves of his wife, and vice versa.
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