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Showing posts from May 6, 2007

The Search

Thursday night a representative from the bishop's office will meet with our church council. The subject is the next steps in the process of obtaining a new pastor. Pastor Paul's last Sunday will be Pentecost Sunday. Of course, the issue arises of what are we looking for in a pastor. Dietrich Bonhoeffer pretty well nailed it. Check out his thoughts below:

Genuine Authority

Ultimately, the craving for inauthentic authority reasserts its desire to reestablish some kind of
immediacy, a commitment to a human figure in the church. Genuine authority knows, however, that all
immediacy is disastrous, particularly in matters of authority. Genuine authority knows that it can only
exist in the service of the One who alone has authority. Genuine authority knows that it is bound in the
strictest sense by the words of Jesus, "You have one teacher, and you are all brothers" (Matt. 23:8). The
community of faith does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and of…