I usually like short blog titles. But I wanted this one to stand out a bit.
You see, I was surprised (though I should not have been) about something I saw. It occurred while doing a survey of historical pastoral theology works for a class I am teaching at the seminary. I found that in reading each of these men they all stressed, in one way or another, one aspect regarding the nature of the church above many others that is vital for pastors and elders to grasp. The simple truth they stress is that the church is a varied body.
Here is a short sampling of three men from different times stressing this, with an application from each one that pastors can and should make in the church.