This is no voluntary association, no transactional contract. The sheep do not earn the shepherd or elect him.
The first disciples experienced Jesus’ resurrection not as some single triumphant fait accompli, but by fits and starts.
First parishioner: Aides and friends of President Obama have been quietly visiting churches in Washington, D.C., to help the first family find a spiritual home. The Obamas are looking for a church whose beliefs match theirs and one that has a youth ministry suitable for their daughters and is active in helping the needy. Security logistics are also a factor (Boston Globe, March 22).