As the Church Has Always Taught (Except When it Hasn’t)

Here is an ecclesiological proposition with far-reaching pastoral implications: we need an ecclesiology that accounts for fallibility.  Let me explain. When the Church has recognized the need to confess its own sins, the language of its confessions has been constrained by a sense of doctrinal timelessness, which is tied to a well-established view of the Church’s credibility [Read More…]

To Test, To Learn, To Be Open To The Truth

“Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil” (1Thes. 5:19-22 RSV).  The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are to welcome the promptings of the Spirit, but yet not accept everything which claims to be from the Spirit. We are [Read More…]