Bishops and Fathers

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Preemptive, Dismissive, Anticipatory post

Anticipating the James K response! 

Will be something like his last

Meh.  The obvious poisoning the well and other conversational terrorism tactics were used.  I expected as much.  This whole series has simply repeated the same assumptions.  Apparently Kevin thinks that if you say it enough times it is true.  Surely a research effort should reflect better, um, research.

We've got your number James: No answers! No interaction with the article! No explanation of your own position (despite repeated requests!)

 

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Not one of the better ones

I've appreciated the series and do hold to a mostly congregationalist view of polity. But this installment has me thinking hold on a second!

Though I do believe in congregational participation in decisions and pastoral accountability to congregations, it doesn't follow that the bishop has no decision making authority. Did I misread Bauder on that point?

(And his handling of oikodespotes...  Whether the oikodespotes' authority is "delegated" or not is a bit beside the point. Nor does it follow that if the term sometimes refers to top-level authority, this is necessarily the meaning of the term in 1 Tim. Rather, the NT is clear that authority and responsibility in the home are hierarchical. Though the husband ought to refrain from micromanaging--just because it's usually stupid to do that--the husband is her head and she does not have authority to give him orders about anything. 1 Cor. 11:3. This is not reading modern suburban values into Scripture... though I'll plead guilty to being a bit medieval on the subject.)

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Kevin,

Kevin,

I loved the poem at the end...