July 31, 2007
Readings in Social Ethics: Martin Bucer, De Regno Christi
(selections), in Melanchthon and Bucer
, Book I, Chapter XIV, “Care for the Needy,” pp. 256-59. References below are to page number.
Bucer praises the deacon as an office of the institutional church and an artifact of the early church, commending it to reestablishment in the evangelical churches: “it was their principal duty to keep a list of all of Christ’s needy in the churches, to be acquainted with the life and character of each, and to give to individuals from the common offerings of the faithful whatever would suffice for them to live properly and devoutly. Continue Reading...