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Thinking About Apostles

Thinking About Apostles

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A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.
A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.

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Published by: Daniel A. Brown, PhD on Jun 05, 2010
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09/04/2010

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DanielA.Brown,PhD
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byDanielA.Brown,PhD
Thisisashortarticletakenfromoneof“Daniel’sTravelJournal”entrieshemadewhiletraveling,sharingrelationshipandministrywithfriendsandchurchesinvariouspartsofourcountryandoverseas.
Thesituationinthechurch‐at‐largehasmethinkingaboutmanythings,andamongthoseissuesIseemtokeepencounteringinmytravelsallovertheworldisthesubjectofapostles.Itisabiblicalterm—thoughIthinkmanypeopletodayuseitinawaythatdoesn’talignwellwiththeheartandintentforthedesignationfoundintheBible.It’sawordthatisundergoingredefinitioninthechurchworld,andwillprobablybecomemorecommonlyusedamongbelieversintheyearsahead.That’spreciselywhy,though,Ihaveabitoftroublewithitsuseinthechurchtoday:nobodyreallyknowswhatitmeans;theyjustknowit’simpressive. Wedon’treallyhavegoodparametersfordeterminingwhoisandwhoisnotanapostle—orevenwhatissupposedtobetrueofpeoplewhoarecalled
apostles
.Butif/whenaleaderisreferredtoasan“apostle,”theverylackofprecisionabout whatitmeanscauseseveryonetofeelsomesortofspecialvenerationisduetothepersonusingit(orallowingitsuse)todescribehimorherself.Theterm“pastor”usuallymeansthatthepersonisorhasbeenleadingachurch;it’smostlya vocationalidentification,thoughChristiansgenerallygiveapastoracertainmeasureofrespectandhonorbecauseofit.Theterm“apostle”doesn’tcarrythat vocationalimplication,soit’sdifficulttoknowwhenitshouldbeappliedtosomeone.“Ipastoredfor22years,”meanssomethingtopeople;itsaysItookcareofandledacongregation.Whatdoesitmeantosay,“Iapostledfor22years?"

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