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An evangelical episcopate

Do bishops help us see God's work?

In (September 2002, page 53), Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson makes several claims about episcopal oversight, challenging ELCA members to conceive and implement a truly episcopate. Hanson claims:

• "The ministry of oversight assists us to see more clearly God's will for our lives and God's work in the world."

• "An evangelical episcopate helps us see more clearly where the text of Scripture intersects with the context of our lives."

• "[An evangelical episcopate] calls us more closely to see through the compassionate eyes of Christ those living in poverty."


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