I’ve pointed to John Frye’s blog before, but today his blog is especially choice. He’s defining “pastor,” and this by one who has pastored for years and who has written about it. After all these years, he’s now working out for us what it means to be a pastor in light of his new reading of Jesus scholarship and it seems he’s got something like this every week.
This echoes Tom Wright:
Pastors redefine the symbolic world of people so that people begin to see the kingdom of God at work in their everyday lives. Ordinary people are credited with the ability to discern the kingdom’s presence when fraudulent symbols are exposed.
Pastors and “ordinary folk” — that’s what community is all about. Redefining symbolic world is exactly what Jesus did with “kingdom of God.”