“I believe that the Commission’s paper neither makes a sufficient case for what it advocates nor goes far enough in what it advocates, and we are missing an opportunity.”
The 2007 General Synod has directed the Commission on Theology to study whether there is a theological basis for including deacons as full members in Classis, Regional Synod, and General Synod.
I have written an opinion on this and sent it to the chair and two other members of the Commission on Theology. As this opinion touches on issues of office, the sacraments, and the nature of the Church (topics which are much discussed on this blog), I have made it available to those of you who wish to read it.
You may find it here.
… proposals to include deacons in the non-local assemblies betray a misunderstanding of the nature of the office of deacon. They also suggest an uncertainty with regard to the purpose of these higher assemblies.
In a letter “To Dutch Christians” dated August, 1942, K. Barth had this to say about groups not unlike Chicago Invitation. The Sitz em Leben is different of course. And one can certainly argue with Barth’s ecclesiology. But he wrote this: Continue reading “A Note from Karl Barth”