Therein is why I feel that the Bible is God's Word. No matter how long you study it and try to live your life by it, there is always more that you can learn and glean from it. You are always, if you are open to it, finding new inspirations and insights into the Scriptures. The Bible is largely inexhaustible in content.
Now, as to the questions of whether I am concerned for the people who come to my church and whether I teach them God's Word, I feel the answer is a strong yes. While I am sure there are clergy who are not concerned with their parishioners, they do so at their own mortal peril. I take seriously my ordination vows. The vows I took at my ordination (found in the Prayerbook ordinal on pgs 531-533) are thus:
|Bishop My brother, do you believe that you are truly called by God and his Church to this priesthood?|
|Answer||I believe I am so called.|
|Bishop||Do you now in the presence of the Church commit yourself to this trust and responsibility?|
|Bishop||Will you respect and be guided by the pastoral direction and leadership of your bishop?|
|Bishop||Will you be diligent in the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures, and in seeking the knowledge of|
such things as may make you a stronger and more able minister of Christ?
|Bishop||Will you endeavor so to minister the Word of God and the sacraments of the New Covenant, that the reconciling love of Christ may be known and received?|
|Bishop||Will you undertake to be a faithful pastor to all whom you are called to serve, laboring together|
with them and with your fellow ministers to build up the family of God?
|Bishop||Will you do you best to pattern your life [and that of your family, or household, or community] in|
accordance with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to your people?
|Bishop||Will you persevere in prayer, both in public and in private, asking God's grace, both for yourself and for others, offering all your labors to God, through the mediation of Jesus Christ, and in the sanctification of the Holy Spirit?|
In fact, the very act of Sunday worship in the Order for Holy Eucharist centers on the Word. While this would not satisfy my letter writer, I present my response here for my reader's edification. Our worship has two parts, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Altar. In both instances, the Word, both written and actual, is proclaimed. The Liturgy of the Word always has 4 readings from scripture (Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel) and for Sundays and Feast days, a sermon. The liturgy of the Eucharist is the Lord's Supper where Jesus is remembered and presented in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
So, do I (or rather the Church) teach the Word of God? Yes and yes. The Word of God is always presented in our Church as both the written Bible and as the divine logos or Word in the Eucharist. By design, one cannot escape the Word in an Anglican worship service either in sacramental or written form, often despite the best efforts of some clergy.