Grace, Race, and Catholicity

Wednesday, 02 Jan 2008

When the Word creates community, the result is a church and not a special interest group or market niche. A new community is formed by the Spirit as an imperfect yet nevertheless real oasis in a world of strife.
When Protestants encounter the words “catholic church,” they usually think of a prominent branch of Christendom. When we confess, however, in the words of the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds that we believe in “one holy, catholic, and apostolic church,” we are one with Christians in all times and places in acknowledging an elect communion in Christ that is even now visible to some extent among us through the ministry of preaching and sacrament. “Catholic” here simply means ‘universal’-the church in all times and places, where the Word is properly preached and the sacraments are properly administered. ...

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