Thursday, February 04, 2016

Jenkins: a new puritanism

Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
    I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
    —Acts 20:33-35 (ESV)
    The minister is the servant of his people, who has to help them discern for themselves the will of God for their real work in the real world. It will often be his duty, therefore, to establish a certain economy in the internal life of the Church, so that people are released to give time and energy to fulfilment of their Christian duty in the worlds of industry or politics or business or professional life, where their most determinative decisions have to be taken. A new puritanism is urgently needed in most churches, which cuts away ruthlessly from their life all organizations and activities which prevent their members from grappling with their real task.
    ... Daniel Jenkins (1914-2002), The Protestant Ministry, London: Faber & Faber, 1958 (see the book)
    See also Acts 20:33-35; Jer. 4:3; Matt. 6:24-25; 13:18-23; Luke 12:29-30; 21:34; 1 John 2:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, bless my church with discernment.
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