Saturday, 8 October 2016

9Marks Journal (Summer 2016) on Authority

The latest issue of the 9Marks Journal, available here as a pdf and here in other formats, is devoted to the topic of ‘Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift’.

In the Editor’s Note, Jonathan Leeman writes:

‘The topic of authority befuddles Westerners today. We don’t like the idea of authority, but it’s difficult to get away from since our lives are suffused by it: hospital procedures, building codes, traffic laws, parental responsibilities, marriage covenants, student requirements, office rules, the laws of state, the grammar of language, the meaning of words – on and on we could go. Authority is the glue and gravity that enables people to live together. Apart from authority, all of life would be determined by the preferences of the moment. There would be no traditions, no predictability of behavior, no stability of meaning, no shared morality.

‘The goal of this 9Marks Journal is to consider the topic of authority as God’s good and dangerous gift. What is the church’s authority? The pastor’s authority? And what will keep churches and pastors from misusing their authority?’

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