Monday, August 11, 2008

Get Out of the Way

Ben Myers of the Faith and Theology blog has posted a nice quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the task of the preacher. It's application to youth servants and sunday school teachers is obvious:

It is wrong to assume that on the one hand there is a word, or a truth, and on the other hand there is a community existing as two separate entities, and that it would then be the task of the preacher to take this word, to manipulate and enliven it, in order to bring it within and apply it to the community. Rather, the Word moves along this path of its own accord. The preacher should and can do nothing more than be a servant of this movement inherent in the Word itself, and refrain from placing obstacles in its path.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship (Bonhoeffer Works Vol. 4; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001), pp. 227-28.

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