Christ the Servant Lutheran Church

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Progressive, Sacramental Christianity is being practiced in Montgomery Village.
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05/10/2020

Questions to ponder for Easter 5 - John 14:1-14
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.”

When our hearts are troubled, nothing is right. There is a sense of fear and dread that overshadows everything and the things that normally bring us joy are ineffective.

Jesus urges his disciples (and us) to move beyond anxiety and to "trust into God and trust into me.” ("Trust" is a better translation here than “believe” because the underlying Greek word is more about a quality of relationship with Jesus than it is about ideas about Jesus.) What he's really saying is, "You can trust my presence." And as we live as people of trust and hope, we bring hope to the world.

1. What troubles your heart? What comforts you when your heart is troubled?

2. What brings you hope? In what ways can you “bring hope to the world”?

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
05/08/2020

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

A prayer of Julian of Norwich, an English Christian theologian and mystic at the turn of the 14th century who we commemorate this day:
“In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss. In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving. You are our mother, brother, and savior. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvelous and plenteous grace. You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us. You are our maker, our lover, our keeper. Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.”

05/03/2020

Questions to ponder for Easter 4 - John 10:1-10

We tend to read this Gospel from the viewpoint of seeing ourselves, the church, as the sheep and Jesus as the Shepherd who calls and protects us. But what does it look like to also read it where the hurting, hungry, confused, oppressed, put-upon, and preyed-upon are the sheep and we are called to be shepherds to the world?

How or to whom have you been a shepherd to others? In what ways can you begin to intentionally include those who are seen as different or ‘outside’?

How can CTS be a shepherd for our community? In what ways could CTS offer a ministry of connectedness, welcome, and involvement with those who most need to be cared for and offered life in our community?

05/02/2020
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

During these times of COVID-19/Coronavirus, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton provides some thoughts as many of us are quarantined.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a kairos moment to reconnect with and fulfill our God-given vocations for our neighbors, whoev...
04/29/2020
Living Lutheran

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a kairos moment to reconnect with and fulfill our God-given vocations for our neighbors, whoever they may be. In this crisis, our vocations among our family, friends and community are even more important.”

Our buildings may have been shuttered to combat an invisible enemy, but we must live into the reality that the church is not closed.

Read more from Dwight DuBois, author of The Scattering. #ELCAChurchTogether

04/26/2020

Questions to ponder for Easter 3 - Luke 24:13-35
“What things?”

This story reminds us that question is still the same: What is happening and how are we doing in the midst of this strange time?

When Jesus asks Cleopas “What things?” he isn’t being funny or naïve. He’s inviting them to share with him what, of all that has happened, is most important, most distressing to them. He is walking alongside them, listening to them, being present with them – just as he is with us today in the midst of the pandemic.

Where have you seen Christ in the midst of the pandemic?

How have you / can you be Christ to someone else at this time?

Here's the next installment of Sunday School at home!https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/?utm_ca...
04/24/2020
Spark Family Sunday School | Sparkhouse

Here's the next installment of Sunday School at home!

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Leave the lesson presentation to your friends at Sparkhouse. Each week Sunday school curriculum developer (and former summer camp Arts and Crafts director) Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family will host Family Sunday School. Each episode presents a lesson based on Lectionary readings that families can wa...

04/19/2020

Questions to ponder for Easter 2 - John 20:19-31
“Peace be with you.”

Gathered together behind locked doors, the disciples were afraid – afraid of the Jewish leaders, afraid for their own lives, maybe even afraid of Jesus whom they had deserted. And yet, the first words to the disciples from the resurrected Jesus are, “Peace (shalom) be with you.” Shalom implies more than a lack of conflict. It can refer to an external peace between two entities as well as an internal sense of peace. Shalom is more then just simply peace; it is a complete peace.

Where do you need Shalom, the peace of Christ, in your life?

This week, how can you be an instrument of peace?

https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/Now Sunday School can come to you.  Check this out!  Blessin...
04/16/2020
Spark Family Sunday School | Sparkhouse

https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/promos/family-sunday-school/

Now Sunday School can come to you. Check this out! Blessings and love to all of you. Pastor Kari

Leave the lesson presentation to your friends at Sparkhouse. Each week Sunday school curriculum developer (and former summer camp Arts and Crafts director) Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family will host Family Sunday School. Each episode presents a lesson based on Lectionary readings that families can wa...

04/12/2020

Questions to ponder for Easter Sunday - Matthew 28:1-10
“So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy…”

Many of life’s biggest moments are accompanied by these seemingly conflicting emotions. Fear is often coupled with joy – new parents bringing home a baby, stepping into a new job, new school, new relationship, moving to a new community.

In the midst of their emotional turmoil, the women encounter Jesus who tells them, “Do not be afraid.” He invites them to let go of their fear and fully embrace their joy.

What fears are holding you back from being able to fully embrace a joy?

How can the Easter story – the death and resurrection of Jesus - help you to let go of your fears?

As we begin to contemplate life after “stay at home,” what fears and joys do you anticipate? How can you embrace the joys and manage the fears?

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
04/12/2020

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church

04/11/2020
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Sharing this Easter message from our presiding bishop....

Our experiences this Easter are remarkably similar to those of the first Easter. Amidst fear and anxiety and crushing disappointment, we will sing our "Alleluias" with growing hope, strength, defiance and joy, confident that God loves us completely and has brought us into eternal life.
Christ is risen. Alleluia.

Cafe--Stirring the Spirit Within
04/09/2020

Cafe--Stirring the Spirit Within

#maundythursday Love one another.

04/05/2020

Questions to ponder for Palm / Passion - Matthew 21:1-11; Matthew 26:14—27:66

Today is the beginning of Holy Week, the week between Palm/Passion Sunday and Easter. Holy Week is a week set aside to reflect on, to ponder, the final week of the life of Jesus.

What does this one week in the life of Jesus mean for your own life?

How has the coronavirus pandemic reframed Lent for you this year?

How will you keep Holy Week this year?
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Sharing this important information from our neighboring synod....
04/04/2020
Important Zoom updates

Sharing this important information from our neighboring synod....

If your congregation or ministry is using Zoom to connect during this time, please read this important update!

ReconcilingWorks
03/31/2020

ReconcilingWorks

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

03/29/2020

Questions to ponder for Lent 5 - John 11:1-45
“When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’”

I imagine Mary, Martha, and the others with them were a bit surprised to hear Jesus call for Lazarus to ‘Come out!’ of the tomb – and even more so when the dead man came out. But what if the call wasn’t only for Lazarus. What if it was also a call to Mary and Martha to leave their grief behind, to trust and hope? And what if it’s also a call for us to come out into a different life, into a new life.

What tomb is Jesus calling you to come out of today? What loss or fear or despair or grief are you called to leave behind?

What new, different life is possible if you can come out in trust and hope?

03/28/2020
Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center

A fun distraction for a rainy day. Join the Assistant Director at Mar-Lu Ridge for silly songs.

The first in a series of Saturday Silly Songtimes, coming to you from MLR! Enjoy!

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03/28/2020
Living Lutheran

Sharing ....

Beginning today, the ELCA churchwide office is launching a comprehensive #COVID19 response across the church.

Read Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's full response below. #ELCAChurchTogether

03/25/2020

A prayer for all medical personnel

Gracious and loving God,

In this time of COVID - 19 pandemic, we pray for everyone - for all of your beloved children (which is everyone) - around the world. But we are especially aware of the need for special protection, care, and strength for all medical personnel. We pray for nurses and doctors, aids and custodians, lab workers and all who make medical care possible. They are on the front lines of this unprecedented challenge. As the number of patients needing their care continues to grow, the resources they need to keep themselves safe are limited. O God, hold them in your mercy and care. Guide the leaders of states, nations, and hospitals to do all they can to get them the resources they need. Sustain, protect and lead all medical personnel in your wisdom. Help us do all we can to support, encourage, pray, and care for them. We ask this in the name of your Son, who much like these medical personnel, went directly to those in need with healing, love and grace. Amen.

Sharing ....“Now is the time to speak. Now is the time to be the church that speaks God’s reign into reality.”
03/25/2020
My take: Lutheran witness needed now, more than ever - Living Lutheran

Sharing ....

“Now is the time to speak. Now is the time to be the church that speaks God’s reign into reality.”

We all have the moral obligation to use words and actions—God’s word and our voices, hands and feet—to serve our neighbors and proclaim the gospel.

Sharing this message from Gaithersburg HELP...How to Donate to Gaithersburg HELP Gaithersburg HELP is in serious need of...
03/25/2020
Home - Gaithersburg HELP

Sharing this message from Gaithersburg HELP...

How to Donate to Gaithersburg HELP

Gaithersburg HELP is in serious need of food as well as financial donations due to the huge increase in community need. Because many people have asked how they can help, we are offering the following three options―drop food off to either of two locations, ship food, or donate money. Details are provided below. Please note that if you already have an organization or friend collecting food for HELP, you may continue using that approach. Thank you for your concern.

Drop-off: If you want to drop off food at the Pantry, please adhere to the specified time frame. Deliveries can be safely dropped outside only during the time period shown. If you want to drop off donations at the church, please leave them outside:

· Gaithersburg HELP Pantry, 301 Muddy Branch Rd, only between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, Mon- Fri when volunteers are in the pantry and can move deliveries inside. Do not leave things at other hours as they will likely disappear.
· Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 11900 Darnestown Rd. Best between 9 AM and 3 PM Mon-Fri, but any time is acceptable

Online: If you would like to order online and have food shipped, here are four home addresses of volunteers who have covered porches to receive deliveries. Specify Gaithersburg HELP as the addressee on the order form:
· 157 Bralan Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20877
· 12829 Doe Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20878
· 211 E. Deer Park Dr, Gaithersburg MD 20877
· 18430 Cape Jasmine Way, Gaithersburg MD 20879
All types of nonperishable, healthy foods are needed, including cereal, canned fruit, vegetables, beans, tuna, peanut butter, rice, spaghetti. We also need diapers in all sizes.

Donate Money: Financial donations can be mailed to Gaithersburg HELP at the above address or through the donate link on our website, gaithersburghelp.org

Gaithersburg HELP is an all-volunteer organization that provides basic needs assistance to people and families in the Gaithersburg area. We[more...]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
03/25/2020

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Today, nine months before Christmas, we celebrate the Annunciation of Our Lord. The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will give birth to the Son of God.
(Bread for the Day, 2020)

03/24/2020
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Matins (pt. 1)

Christ the Servant will be posting daily devotions, hymns and prayer liturgies on this YouTube channel:

Join us virtually!

May God bless you, keep you safe, connect you with prayer and technology through this challenging time.

Pastor Kari Parsons

First half of the order of service for Matins, for use in daily prayer during remote worship.

03/22/2020

Questions to ponder for Lent 4 - John 9:1-41
“As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth…”

It does not say Jesus saw a blind man. He first saw a man, a human being. Jesus does not first see the limitation, which made him an outcast in his community. Jesus sees the potential for God to be revealed in him.

How might God be revealed in those whom we least expect?

How can we become advocates for inclusion rather than exclusion?

03/21/2020

COVID – 19 Update
Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus. We are in an unprecedented situation with new rules related to COVID-19, so we are trying new ways of connecting when we cannot physically be together for health reasons. Because the Centers for Disease Control is recommending that no one gather in groups of ten or more, we will not meet in our usual sanctuary at Christ the Servant. Even so, we can trust that Christ is with us whether we are physically together or not. We are learning to pray together in new ways.

On Sunday, we plan to post a video worship experience on YouTube. Stay tuned and watch the Communique for links.

On Wednesday evening, we will meet together via Zoom for evening prayer. Again, the Zoom link will come through the Communique. If you would like to be added to the list for the Communique, send an email to [email protected] with that request.

In the meantime, we are working at getting morning, noon, and evening prayer liturgies online. In this time of trying new things, we can return to some very old ways and go back to monastic practices. We will be posting those videos on YouTube also.

Even though we cannot gather in person in this time of COVID-19 social distancing, love and prayer unite us in ways that are safe and sustaining.

God be with you and with us all. Keep Calm and Pray On.

Pastor Kari

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
(ELW, page 76)

03/15/2020

Questions to ponder for Lent 3 - John 4:5-42
“She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’….. “They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’”

Last week, we “pondered” about finger-pointing (scroll down if you missed it). This week, we read about the Samaritan woman who, after a conversation with Jesus, pointed others to him by inviting them to “come and see.”

Who has been a finger-pointer for you in your faith, a spiritual guide, someone who has helped to show you the way? How?

For whom have you been a finger-pointer? How?

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This book is different in the sense it goes through each chapter in Revelation starting from chapter one of Revelation to Chapter 22 and the second difference is it has Gentiles and Jews here during the great Tribulation according to Scriptures. Below is a preview of the book The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5: 8 (KJV): "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” This passage explains that when we are absent from the body, in case of death we are then taken to the presence of the Lord and, according to the book of Luke, angels will carry us to the presence of the Lord. Luke 16:22 (KJV): “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died and was buried.” We see the angels carrying Lazarus into the bosom of Abraham who was in Paradise, and we know that when Jesus died he took Paradise to heaven. Luke 23: 42-43 (KJV): “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Then how do the dead in Christ rise first if they are already in the presence of the Lord? The rapture is the reunion of the spirit with our bodies, but many people’s body who already died are in graves here on earth. So, in the rapture, those who are still alive will see dead bodies raising from the grave. 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” When Jesus will come, those who are already dead will enter into new bodies after the Holy Spirit raises them up.” 1 Corinthians 15: 52 (KJV): “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This scenario will appear like the modern version of a TV show "The zombie apocalypse," but it will convert to Christ many unbelievers as they will witness something supernatural. Revelation 11:11 “And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” The Holy Spirit will raise the bodies from the grave as He did in Romans 8:11 (KJV): “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” So fear will fall on anyone seeing the dead bodies raising from the graves joining with the spirits who descended from Jesus as He returns, but those frighten people will give glory to God and become saved. Revelation 11:13 (KJV): “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted and gave glory to the God of heaven.” The frighten ones will reign in the thousand-year reign. Zechariah 14:2-4 and Revelation 16:14-16 is the battle of Armageddon and after the battle. Zechariah 14:16 (KJV): “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” We know that eventually not all of them will stay true to the Lord and will follow Satan, as we show scriptures in our book of the events. Those who will turn their back on God will be tormented with Satan in the Lake of Fire with the rest of the dead. The description of the end time scenario of our book is different from the traditional movies and popular interpretations of the rapture. Commonly, movies that took inspiration from popular doctrines portrayed the rapture by omitting the divine sequence of the prophecy - when scriptures are overlooked - and display a scenario of missing people all of sudden, leaving desolate images after that. So, let the Word of God speaks as it proceeded out of His mouth and as He revealed it to us in a divine and perfect order. Comparing scriptures with scriptures, as taught in 1 Corinthians 2:13, we can be assured that it is God's spirit guiding us in the interpretation of the prophecy to stay firm within the Word that God provided for us. You can check the book https://www.royandjuliaburger.com/book/ Thank you Roy & Julia Burger
This book is different in the sense it goes through each chapter in Revelation starting from chapter one of Revelation to Chapter 22 and the second difference is it has Gentiles and Jews here during the great Tribulation according to Scriptures. Below is a preview of the book The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5: 8 (KJV): "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” This passage explains that when we are absent from the body, in case of death we are then taken to the presence of the Lord and, according to the book of Luke, angels will carry us to the presence of the Lord. Luke 16:22 (KJV): “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died and was buried.” We see the angels carrying Lazarus into the bosom of Abraham who was in Paradise, and we know that when Jesus died he took Paradise to heaven. Luke 23: 42-43 (KJV): “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Then how do the dead in Christ rise first if they are already in the presence of the Lord? The rapture is the reunion of the spirit with our bodies, but many people’s body who already died are in graves here on earth. So, in the rapture, those who are still alive will see dead bodies raising from the grave. 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” When Jesus will come, those who are already dead will enter into new bodies after the Holy Spirit raises them up.” 1 Corinthians 15: 52 (KJV): “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This scenario will appear like the modern version of a TV show "The zombie apocalypse," but it will convert to Christ many unbelievers as they will witness something supernatural. Revelation 11:11 “And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” The Holy Spirit will raise the bodies from the grave as He did in Romans 8:11 (KJV): “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” So fear will fall on anyone seeing the dead bodies raising from the graves joining with the spirits who descended from Jesus as He returns, but those frighten people will give glory to God and become saved. Revelation 11:13 (KJV): “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted and gave glory to the God of heaven.” The frighten ones will reign in the thousand-year reign. Zechariah 14:2-4 and Revelation 16:14-16 is the battle of Armageddon and after the battle. Zechariah 14:16 (KJV): “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” We know that eventually not all of them will stay true to the Lord and will follow Satan, as we show scriptures in our book of the events. Those who will turn their back on God will be tormented with Satan in the Lake of Fire with the rest of the dead. The description of the end time scenario of our book is different from the traditional movies and popular interpretations of the rapture. Commonly, movies that took inspiration from popular doctrines portrayed the rapture by omitting the divine sequence of the prophecy - when scriptures are overlooked - and display a scenario of missing people all of sudden, leaving desolate images after that. So, let the Word of God speaks as it proceeded out of His mouth and as He revealed it to us in a divine and perfect order. Comparing scriptures with scriptures, as taught in 1 Corinthians 2:13, we can be assured that it is God's spirit guiding us in the interpretation of the prophecy to stay firm within the Word that God provided for us. You can check the book https://www.royandjuliaburger.com/book/ Thank you Roy & Julia Burger
Advent Afternoon
Due to the winter weather of this first day of spring, we are cancelling our Soup Supper and Evening Prayer service for tonight. If you are stuck at home and looking for something to do, here is the text for this evening's service as well as a few questions to ponder. The text is about Holy Wisdom -- and it is clearly not wise to ask you to come out onto snowy roads. But we can ponder wisdom in the warmth and safety of our homes. Baruch 3:9-15,3:32-4:4 - Great Vigil of Easter, Reading 6 Hear the commandments of life, O Israel; give ear, and learn wisdom! Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies, that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are counted among those in Hades? You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom. If you had walked in the way of God, you would be living in peace for ever. Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace. Who has found her place? And who has entered her storehouses? But the one who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding. The one who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four-footed creatures; the one who sends forth the light, and it goes; he called it, and it obeyed him, trembling; the stars shone in their watches, and were glad; he called them, and they said, ‘Here we are!’ They shone with gladness for him who made them. This is our God; no other can be compared to him. He found the whole way to knowledge, and gave her to his servant Jacob and to Israel, whom he loved. Afterwards she appeared on earth and lived with humankind. She is the book of the commandments of God, the law that endures for ever. All who hold her fast will live, and those who forsake her will die. Turn, O Jacob, and take her; walk towards the shining of her light. Do not give your glory to another, or your advantages to an alien people. Happy are we, O Israel, for we know what is pleasing to God. Questions to Consider: 1. Can you give specific examples of the way wisdom is found in God’s commandments? 2. Next Thursday, Maundy Thursday, we will read about Jesus giving the new commandment, that disciples are to love others as Jesus loved them. How does that commandment fit within your vision of wisdom and wise living? 3. In this passage (and in many other places through the Hebrew Bible) wisdom (Sofia, in Greek) is depicted as distinctly female. How can this ancient tradition be a source for the church in finding ways to confront and work to change the pervasive patriarchy of the church's depictions of God and historic church leadership?