I’ve been reading one of the books that gets read these days about new paradigms and shifting systems and revisioning what it means to be the church. It is full of references to Thomas Kuhn and to the top ranks of the best-selling business gurus. It is written by a man who has done more for the church than I expect to ever do.
And yet, as I have been reading it, I found myself wondering whether all these books we buy and read and study are beside the point. Is it possible that the Bible is the one book be need? We United Methodists say the Bible contains all things necessary for faith and practice, and that nothing not contained therein is necessary for our salvation. Does that go for the church as well as for souls?