Concordia Theological Monthly

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Ministry Without Fear

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ministry, st. paul, brotherhood, frustrations, pastor, theology, preacher

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


I worry a lot about speaking to you senior seminarians. I feel honored and moved by the occasion. I sense much of the feelings and the fears and the joys and hopes, sometimes together and sometimes in clash, that are present in this room and in your branch of the church. It is the kind of situation in which it is difficult for anyone to speak who doesn't have to pay the price of staying and sweating it out. I will not give a very delightful and happy dinner speech, although, I guess, real humor is not to tell stories but to know that ultimately things are in the hands of God and hence one should not get too serious about oneself, not even about oneself as a theologian or a pastor.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars