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Baptism, Eucharist And Ministry: An Ecumenical Challenge To The Reformed Tradition

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Markus Barth, balks at the words used in the Faith and Order statement about baptism (Lima I ), eucharist (Lima II ), and ministry (Lima III ) to the churches drawn up during its meeting in Lima in January 1982. What he hears here is a sort of ecclesiastical language that uses pretensions that it cannot fulfil because it has forgotten that we are beggars who live by the grace of God, and because the Spirit is free. He feels the threat posed by an ecclesiastical figure that pretends that it incorporates the Spirit. It is obvious that the Lima text touched a nerve with Markus Barth. Ecclesiastical convergence texts, with their careful choice of words and balanced arguments, always invite a thoughtful answer.

Keywords: Baptism; Eucharist; Lima text; Markus Barth

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