From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Dr. Peck’s second element of discipline is Acceptance of Responsibility. There are two concepts here that bear exploration.  The first concept is tied to connotations in the word, ‘responsibility’.  The word responsibility is actually two words in one- response and ability.  Response presupposes, contemplates or envisions an action that can be taken given a situation or set of circumstances.  Ability presupposes the wherewithal, the capability to take the appropriate, contemplated action.  Thus, “response-ability”, or the ability to respond.  The ability to respond also implies the availability of adequate resources- motivation, spiritual gifts, tools, intelligence, skills, talents, experience- which are relevant and appropriate to be applied to the task assigned.

The word “responsibility” has come to connote something more, taking on an obligatory tone.  “It’s your responsibility to clean the bathroom, Bill!”  There is also the connotation of accountability, tinged with a sense of moral imperative, inherent in the term responsibility.  A person who discharges his responsibilities or who keeps his obligations is deemed reliable.  It is in the doing that one meets the test of acceptance of responsibility.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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