In keeping with the theology of the Old Testament, some Christian churches (including many Lutheran ones)[i] have retained the custom of referring to clergy as “priests.” Now it is not my purpose to argue for a return to this terminology or to disparage the use of the designation “pastor.” However, when we react against this terminology as if it were from the devil, we operate with a deficient understanding of pastoral ministry.
In my own mind there has been wall of separation between the word “priest” and anything that our Lord might expect of a pastor. Part of this is because I was raised Roman Catholic, and that fact in itself has sometimes made Lutherans suspicious of me.[ii] Worse, . . . Read All