Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blog Link-"Servant" in the New Testament

Alan Knox has written a very thought provoking post on the use of the word "servant" in the New Testament. I encourage you to read the entire post here.

Here is a quote that I found the most interesting in the post:

Of course, now we reach the crux of the issue. If we called "ministers" and "deacons" by the term "servant", then they would lose their "official" status in the eyes of the people. And, of course, there are many, many "ministers" and "deacons" who do not act like "servants" - which means they should not be called "minsters" or "deacons" either.

Boy, wouldn't that ruffle a few feathers for those who feel like they've won the M-Div Lottery? Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of pastors who have seminary training and are humble servants of the congregations they serve. But I've seen several who feel like the church is obligated to pay them above what the church's budget can afford. It's a good thing to take care of a pastor but that pastor should have the attitude of a servant, not of a CEO.

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