Things are going to change around here, for a while, and for the better.
At this time, I (James W. Gunter) am the only author at The Bruised Reed. I write in a variety of genres, most often in the theological, whether systematic or biblical. So far, I have written as a member and minister of a Protestant local church. I resigned and departed from that church last week on good terms with leadership and membership.
For this reason, my ecclesiastical situation is different than it has been since founding The Bruised Reed. My family will worship with saints every Sabbath, and we mean to covenant with one local body as soon as possible, but when “as soon as possible” will happen, is not clear right now.
What does this have to do with The Bruised Reed?
I am convinced that I have no business teaching the Bible outside the context of a local church. This does not mean that I have to be inside the four walls of a sanctuary when I type these articles, but it does mean that my teaching at all times must be under the watchful authority of an assembly of saints, most keenly its body of elders. I am not the Vicar of Christ. It is not my sacred responsibility to convict the world of sin and salvation, and to reform the church. I am no lone-star, Texas Ranger, vigilante exegete. Thus, it is only reasonable that I post-pone all doctrinal and exegetical teaching until I am once more planted in a local assembly.
But, this doesn’t mean The Bruised Reed is going dark. We will continue some social commentary, and will amp-up our output of book reviews and historical studies. Concerning the historical studies, Japanese and Church history will be prominent features this semester. I am also recruiting a few other authors to help with these projects. Who knows? This could be “the start of something new…”
Because we are Christians, and because we want to write like Christians, there will obviously be some theological jargon and dialogue in our pieces. There will also be a few Scripture references. My only response to such relapses into old habits is, “You can take the preacher out of the pulpit, but you can’t take the pulpit out of the preacher.”