“The people encountered in pastoral ministry today are sinners.
But they don’t look like it, and many of them don’t even act like it.
They rather look and act and feel like the youth they admire so much, struggling for “identity” and searching for “integrity.”
A quick theological eye that is able to pick up the movements of sin hiding behind these seemingly innocent characteristics will keep a pastor on track, doing what he or she was called to do:
sharing a ministry of grace and forgiveness centred in Jesus Christ.”
Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor, p.128
If we referred to the Church as a collection of broken and battered sticks from everywhere and no where,
that would be a pretty good description of what it means to be part of God’s family.