Thursday, November 11, 2010

Earle: the source of authenticity

Thursday, November 11, 2010
    Feast of Martin, Monk, Bishop of Tours, 397
    For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.
    —2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
    It was the experience of the disciples who knew Jesus both before and after the Resurrection, and the conviction which they communicated to others, that laid the foundation of faith. This faith, once given, proved to be—like the Person who gave rise to it—essentially self-authenticating. And ever since, the Church has looked to the Cross, a symbol of weakness, as its unique source of power in preaching the Gospel, its authority both to teach and to preach has been of this kind. No amount of liaison between the Church and the source of any other authority, political or moral, must be allowed to obscure the simplicity—and the mystery—of the authority of Christ.
    ... Nick Earle (b. 1926), What’s Wrong with the Church?, Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1961, p. 18 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your church look for direction only to You.
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