Still Out of Order

First Baptist Church Meridian, 

We’ve installed elders in this lemon, and that is a good thing. More order is better than less. Yet, while it is true that we have made a step towards order, towards having the right kind of frame in this old klunker, let us not think that the shocks, brakes, power steering, and everything else is in order just because. We have traded a wooden frame for a steel one; this is good, but it doesn’t automatically fix other problems. The church is a classic, but she is also a former rust bucket. She is made up of those made in the image of God being made new. But perfect and full restoration still lie down the road. Until that day, may we be the church semper reformanda for we are still the church simul justus et peccator.

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