Digital download: A Bible study that looks at how hierarchy in the church is a late and dodgy development. At Pentecost a community of brothers and sisters in Christ came into being ‘all one in Christ Jesus’. The whole church, not just official appointees, needs to make a new start, with women and men imaging the church with Pentecost as the corrective template.
Ian M. Fraser – who is now entering his 98th year – has been a pastor-labourer in heavy industry, a parish minister, Warden of Scottish Churches House, an Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Dean and Head of the Department of Mission at Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. He is the author of numerous books, including Strange Fire, The Way Ahead: Grown-up Christians, and Reinventing Theology, which is used as a standard theological sourcebook throughout the world. Ian is one of the original members of the Iona Community who helped George MacLeod to rebuild ‘the common life’ and the Abbey buildings on the isle of Iona. Throughout his life Ian has travelled the world, alone and with his wife, Margaret, visiting basic Christian communities. He has walked alongside slum dwellers in India and Haiti; Nicaraguan and Cuban revolutionaries; priests, nuns and catechists facing arrest and/or death in Central and South America; and small farming and fishing communities in the Philippines …
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