The Church Pillow

I’ve often wondered why the group of people who govern and handle the business affairs of a church is called a “board.”

Admittedly, there are times when the members of a board are splintered in their opinions on a matter. They also are likely to face knotty problems on occasion. And once in a while, they may even beam.

There is probably some merit as well to the theory that the designation was first used by an indignant parishioner who couldn’t get the deacons to give ear to her proposal to paint the pulpit lavender and red.

“You’re all as deaf as a board,” she was heard to say.

Moreover, there are times when a board becomes so resolute and unyielding that it can be characterized as being as stiff as a board.

Considering all this, I’d like to propose a name change. “Pillow” would be nice. Can’t you imagine reading in your Sunday bulletin that the “pillow of elders will meet on Thursday night to discuss the church budget”? Doesn’t that have a relaxed, friendly, comfortable sound to it?

Besides, with a designation like that, they might even be a soft touch.


Beyond Temporary Relief

The Arthur Simon (Bread for the World) interview on world hunger in CT’s September 6 issue [“ ‘Hunger Is No Longer Necessary’ ”] is most significant and important. Organizations like ours, and sister groups working in famine areas, recognize the vital importance of moving beyond temporary Band-aid relief to meaningful self-help development programs for hurting people in the Third World. The future for struggling, suffering nations must concentrate on the development process—and for evangelical agencies it becomes an integral part of our obedience to “go into all the world.”

Simon is right: the world hunger problem can be solved, if ...

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