The pastor is to be a witness, bearing testimony to the received faith of the church. The pastor is not ordained to share his or her personal or idiosyncratic theology, but rather to bear the burden of the whole faith of the whole church, the testimony of the saints, the witness of Scripture... Christians are distinguished by our effort to think as the church has thought down through the ages. Among us, a truly "original idea" is what we usually call heresy... Christians are folk who practice anamnesis, the refusal to forget, the earnest effort to remember. (50-51)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
sticking to the historic Christian faith
As I've been reading McLaren books lately, I've been a little bit depressed by the fact that it seems to be so hip right now to deconstruct traditional Christianity and come up with new stuff. As I'm reading Willimon, I was encouraged by something he says about the role of the pastor to proclaim the good old historic Christian faith.