A pastor is called according to the ministry of Jesus himself, who gave up his life for the world.
Only in light of the confession of Jesus as Lord can we come to a right understanding of who we are. The church is indeed holy, a temple enabled to offer sacrifice. But its holiness is derivative of his, its sacrifice is the pleading of his for the sake of the world.
As Christ offered himself, we offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice in Christ.
“Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
When a certain burden must be borne by some more than others, do we suddenly adopt the pirate’s code that Those who fall behind are left behind?
Dix led us astray on offering. Because of this, Mitchell and Meyers have both extended energy on a largely empty debate.
Gregory Dix's position on the Eucharist, offering, and sacrifice has loomed large over all later discussion of the topic, in the academy and the Church.