We Wish for…Pastors, Elders, and Deacons Who Understand and Faithfully Execute Their Offices
Being concerned with getting the Gospel out at the expense of getting the Gospel right is bad, but getting the Gospel right with little concern about getting it out is probably worse. Conservative-minded folks have to get beyond the "hold the fort" mentality.
It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this magazine that my "wish list" revolves around the subject of ministry. If reformation occurs everywhere else, but not in the way we "do church," then it will not be genuine reformation. Jesus didn't found a renewal center, a small group model, a reformation coalition, or a political action committee. He founded a church. And he did so with eleven lackluster followers (well, sometimes they followed) on whose weakness he founded the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.
For most American Protestants (including ...