MinistryMinistry has become the exercise of power. Minister, both in politics and religion, is now an aggregator of privileges. But ministers like these can’t call God as a witness to their service, as does this servant:

For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness …
Romans 1:9 HCSB

In the original language, the term for “serve” has a wide meaning, of worship or work, of praise or proclamation of the message. The context in which it appears determines the type of religious service. In Matthew 4:10, for example, it is generally translated as “worship.” Here, the service seems to be announcing the Good News of Christ (as in 15:16). Continue reading