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Is There To Be No Leadership?

You could get the impression from my previous posts that I do not believe in recognized leadership within the church other than the body of elders and deacons.  If that’s the case, let me correct that quickly.  Paul, in referring to spiritual gifts in Romans 12:8, talks about the gift of “leadership” and tells those […]

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“Sola Scriptura” or Not?

Elder, deacon, pastor. When and how did this third level of leadership, the “pastor,” come to be? In my last post, “We Are All Clergy,” I began to explore the issue of a third level of leadership that developed in the church in the early 2nd century called “Bishop,” which we would today refer to […]

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We Are All Clergy

I remember the event clearly:  it was a group of young married couples from our church who went out to dinner.   My wife and I were invited (even though we had been married for 24 years by then), I think because I was called “The Pastor” of the church.   When the person who was organizing […]

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Walls That Divide

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  These are the words of President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987 to the Soviet leader at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.  That wall was built in 1961, not to keep people out of East Berlin, but to keep people in.  Walls divide.  Walls separate. Walls become obstacles to […]