our community group prayer time recently, I spoke to Jaimie in a way that demonstrated a lack of trust in her. I quickly apologized after the meeting ended, but the damage was done, and everyone saw it. Later that evening, one of the other young men in our group wrote me a concerned message confronting me for the way I had spoken to my wife. It was a humbling experience, to say the least – but also a beautiful picture of Christian community.
The next week, after I shared this same story with our community group, another member of the group commented to me privately how gutsy that confrontation had been
With PJ King currently attending seminary, and (God willing) formal theological education in Chris' relatively near future as well, Pillar on the Rock will make some of our papers available for wider reading and discussion as they're applicable for our audience. These papers are necessarily academic in tone and content, but we hope they will be informative to the interested reader, as well as accessible to the internet-searching theologian with a penchant for paper-reading.
This first paper was completed by PJ King a little over a week ago, and hits on a topic near and dear to our hearts at Pillar: church leadership. We've provided the introduction; the PDF of the full file is available here as a download. (Note that we have omitted citations in this introduction; they are found in full in the paper.) Enjoy!
The passage of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 is generally understood to be a list of character-based qualifications for overseers in the New Testament Church. Although the majority of the passage is straight-forward and uncontroversial, there are a few matters which have generated much debate. First, there are questions about the tradition of Pauline authorship for the whole of the Pastoral Epistles (PE, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus). Second, in limited circles there is concern over the language of drunkard (πάροινος, v. 3). Finally, and of concern to all, is the ambiguous phrase husband of one wife (μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα) in v. 2.