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An Unlikely Lesson from the Bill Hybels Story

Bill Hybels’ sudden resignation from Willow Creek Church and the Willow Creek Association has shaken the evangelical community and has provided yet another reason for a disillusioned culture not to trust organized religion. Many lessons can be learned from the Willow Creek debacle. Wise leaders have been offering good counsel about personal integrity, respecting the powerless, reporting abuse and providing safety for victims. But another important lesson for the church is hidden within this story of offense, pain, and failure by church leaders. The lesson is this: There is no place for self-righteousness among God’s people. When wrongdoing happens within the church, it reveals the stark t

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