This post is in celebration of having 50,000 hits on my little blog. Let’s see…Mom, you’ve probably clicked on here for about half of those.
1. I like the suburbs just fine.
2. I have read all of Jane Austen’s novels at least 5 times. P&P about 12 times.
3. I play with words and numbers in my head almost constantly. I mainly rearrange them. Think of it as grammatical and mathematical fung shei. This could prove I’m insane. Or just brilliant
4. I should have not graduated from HS. I needed a 65 in my 2nd attempt at Algebra 2. I got a 65 only because my teacher was tired of me.
5. I cry easily when watching movies.
6. My skin crawls more easily.
7. I listen to Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. Loud.
8. Eugene Peterson saved my vocational soul.
9. I want to know why Paul never commands anyone besides pastors to evangelize.
10. I can and will go negative at any time – soli deo gloria.
nice. Where are you now? Clark
"My skin crawls more easily."What? Where? off your body? And more easily than what? We need more information.On second thoughts, no we don't.
Re:#3 According to Kevin DeYoung today, you are a brilliant writer! I'm paraphrasing of course.
Your blog makes me mad.
I read #9 a week or so ago and I dismissed it, but then I heard a fellow Christian say that the new testament doesn't instruct the laity to share the gospel. So I have to ask you a few things: Where does Paul command solely pastors to evangelize? Doesn't the spiritual gift of evangelism in Eph. 4:11 apply to the whole body? Or is the Great Commision only for pastors? I think that the Roman Catholic church would agree with you on the point, but viewing the body of believers as a royal-priesthood seems to change things. I will spare you the list of scriptures because I know that you know scripture, but I am curious on your thoughts. By the way, I love Peterson also and "Eat this Book" is one of my favorites.
JMSauer,Great questionsIt's not that Paul tells pastors to be the sole ones to evangelize. But the only commands to evangelize in the NT are to those whom we would call vocational ministers. As far as your question about Eph. 4:11, I would assume so but I am not sure it looks like what we think it does and it is still not an imperative. As for the Great Commission, I am not sure. But I am amazed I was 38 years old before I saw that it was never repeated by Paul to the churches. That has to be significant. Last, if you mean by 'royal priesthood' the priesthood of the believer, then I would argue, while certainly a reality, does not take away the delineation in the NT and throughout history the difference between vocational pastors and the laity.
So should I quit my job if I want to share the gospel and become a vocational pastor? Paul says in 1 Cor. 9 that the man who shares the gospel should earn his living from the gospel, but then Paul keeps his job and says that he was glad that he could work and present the gospel for free? I am hoping that you tell me to quit because I don't want to come to work tomorrow. Just kidding, but I have seriously struggled with this chapter for years.
Nope wouldn't say that at all since I never said you had to be a vocational minister to practice evangelism.
I am glad that you say that because i value your opinion. Thanks for the feedback.