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Sunday, July 19, 2009

A royal priesthood



"Bible Scholar"

While I now attend the church of the back porch, with the New York Times as sermon material, birds for a choir, and coffee for communion, that does not mean disrespect for the thousands of church goers who are sincere in their faiths and try to model their lives after what they read in the Holy Book.

Peter, the fisherman and apostle, writes that all Christians are "a royal priesthood," and I agree with Luther on this, "the priesthood of all believers." That's why I don't believe in "clergy" standing between me and God, or with special interpretative powers for the Word.

I did this watercolor several years ago of a couple in church...they are the royal priesthood.

That's what's brewing in my coffee pot.

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