Q.23: What offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer?
Christ, as our Redeemer, executeth the offices of a prophet, of a
priest, and of a king, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.
Q.24: How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his
word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.
Q.25: How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of
himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God,
and in making continual intercession for us.
Q.26: How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in
ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his
and our enemies.
Westminster Shorter Catechism (1646-1647)
What do prophets do? Their work is discerning,
communicating, exposing, seeing that justice is
done, revealing outcomes - the very thing God’s
people can do in corporations and homes.
What do priests do? Their work is bridge
building, mediating, expressing meaning, evoking
faith blessing bringing grace — again what the
whole of God’s people is able to do in the world.
What do kings do? King work is ruling,
organising, planning, providing, nurturing,
integrating, settling arguments, solving problems,
co-ordinating, expediting, consummating — again
ways that God’s people serve in so-called secular
occupations, in church and in the home.
— The Other Six Days, R.Paul Stevens
“It would be better to teach a few men to call upon the name of the Lord for
themselves than to fill a church with people who have given up idolatry,
slavishly and intelligently, and have acquired a habit of thinking that it is the
duty of converts to sit and be taught and to hear prayers read for them in the
church by a paid mission agent.”
— Roland Allen (Missiologist)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — American
Federal Holiday, Third Monday of January
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Washington D.C. (Opening Day 2011)
If theology is a disciplined endeavor to
interpret the meaning of the gospel for the
present time, and if the gospel is God’s
liberation of the poor from bondage, then I
would claim that no one has articulated the
Christian message of freedom more
effectively, prophetically, and creatively in
America than Martin Luther King, Jr..
— Risks of Faith, James Hal Cone