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MAKING GOD POSSIBLE: The task of ordained ministry present and future – Alan Billings

September 14, 2016

mgpHe wastes a whole third of this book proving that we are a secular society.

He has little time for or understanding of lay ministry or NSMs.

He’s too fond of establishment.

He is wrong that evangelicals are under-represented in the hierarchy.

It’s very repetitive.

Three chapters survey the strengths and weaknesses of traditional classical, evangelical and Anglo-Catholic models of ministry.

The a chapter discusses modern views of the priest as social activist or personal therapist. These are models that have had a huge influence in the contemporary Church of England. He prefers charity to social justice.

He caricatures: Anglo-Catholics are always looking back, Evangelicals are always looking around. and: There is a top-down authority and power come down from above see lay involvement in church affairs in ten the laity a share of their power.

And is just plain wrong: The priest does not sacrifice Christ again (the Roman doctrine)


 The style of preaching was also important. Herbert objected to the Puritan habit of ‘crumbling’ the text — breaking it down phrase by phrase or even word by word. This was to treat the Scriptures as if they were a ‘Dictionary’. People needed to become familiar with substantial texts and have whole passages expounded. (`Crumbling’ is still practised in some contemporary evangelical preaching.)

 a diet of C. S. Lewis and John Stott can only take you far.

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