This interesting piece from USA Today’s Peter Eisler examines the complicated relationship between a church’s contractual and spiritual obligations. A church has a legal responsibility to cooperate with its business partners (an insurance company, in this case), but at the same time churches must see to the moral, emotional, and spiritual well-being of their congregants. Which wins out on those occasions when there is a conflict, and what principles can leaders look to in such times? Additionally, when is a church (as a whole) morally accountable for the actions of a single member, and how far should a church go to take responsibility for those actions?