We continue to have colleagues offer meaningful tributes to our beloved friend and mentor, the late Ted Ward. This is part of a multi-part series being released to honor Ted and his contributions to us personally, and to our field.
The following Ted Ward reflections were passed along to our Qualitative Research class at TEDS by Muriel Elmer on September 13, 2012:
Matthew 23:3-12. “Don’t call anyone teacher or rabbi.” This is one reason that the EDS folk are always so interested in the first name.
Ted Ward’s reflections:
-v. 3. Let us reconcile word and deed. Let our life tell what we say.
-v. 4. Let us not be delegative but participatory.
-v. 5. Let us not seek to be noticed.
-v. 6. Let us accept no special privilege.
-v. 7. Let us take no pride from special recognition and titles.
-v. 8 and 9. Let us be careful not to usurp titles reserved for God, but instead develop authentic relationships as brothers and sisters.
-v. 10. Let us share with all God’s people the recognition of all God’s people, Christ.
-v. 11. Let us truly serve each other.
-v. 12. Let us live humbly.
Let us reflect the mind of Christ (Matthew 20:26-28). Christ did not come to be served but to serve.
Amen. And amen.
Submitted by: Tim Westbrook
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