This series of articles looks at the qualifications required in order to be an elder in the church based on 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. This article focuses specifically on 1 Timothy 3:2-4. Must a man be married and have children in order to serve as an elder? Can unmarried men or married men without children also serve?
This article evaluates the practice of paying lobola/mahadi among the Basotho. It shows that the expensive dowry, or bride price, has negative impacts on the social, economic and faith life of those desiring to get married. The author provides practical guidelines on how the church can deal with this situation, especially since expensive dowries can encourage cohabitation.