I’m very proud of my oldest son (all three of my kids for that matter). He’s a gifted young man and a good writer. Liam comments further on the The People formerly known as… meme – in response to Dan’s post/comment from the weekend.
…as far as I can tell the church has always existed, and it exists where two or more are gathered. A lot of the reaction seems to be people reacting to pastors, pastors reacting to people, and people reacting to each other. Dan points out that this is the function of broken people in a broken world. “I know church isn’t what it should be. That’s my fault- and yours. I stamped it with my pathologies, and so did you.”
One person went so far as to say there is no biblical role for pastors, I hate to say this, but in Ephesians it does say that God, “gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” What that meant in the context of a church legally prevented from owning propery is surely different from what it means now. But we all exist in different roles to build up and edify each other. It seems like so much of this is breaking down.
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