Good News


    Troy Singleton


“Ministers of a new

covenant“ 2 COR 3:4,6


Every Member

A Minister

Some of us can remember the wonderful terminology that members of the Church of Christ were fond of using “back in the day” (late 1950s-’60s) when Time Magazine recognized us as “the fastest growing religious group in America.” Such phrases were echoes from an earlier time in the nineteenth century American Restoration Movement when mottos and slogans conveyed the basic tenets of revival efforts by Stone-Campbell disciples of Christ. They sought to restore New Testament Christianity in a divided religious world.


There were lines like: “No book but the Bible, no creed but Christ.” - “Where the Bible speaks, we speak. Where the Bible is silent, we are silent.” - “In essentials, unity. In opinions, liberty. In all things, charity.” - “Call Bible things by Bible names and do Bible things in Bible ways.” - “We are free to differ, but not to divide.” - “Wherever God has a child, we have a brother or a sister.” And “We are Christians only, but not the only Christians.”


One slogan I especially like deemphasized religious titles elevating clergy over laity. Our brethren used to say, “Every member a minister.” (cf 1PET 2:9; REV 1:5-6).