Shane and Shane (my favorite Christian band) captured perfectly both the attitude of those Palm Sunday Jerusalem crowds and the me-first bent of my own heart in their song “Crucify Him” . . . “I sing Hosanna when I want it all Then I crucify the Son of God ‘Cause He isn’t who I always thought … Continue reading Not What I Want, But I What I Needed
I don't like to serve. It's just that simple. Serving is inconvenient and uncomfortable. Serving leaves me depleted, empty. Serving requires a strength of head, heart, and hands that I don't possess. That's the battle I experience when I'm asked to serve . . . my me-first heart wars against the you-first heart that God's … Continue reading Book Review: Servanthood As Worship
In a previous post I put forth the question, "Is Leadership A Healthy Christian Aim?“ I argued that "serve" not "lead" is the overwhelming Biblical ideal for the believer. Yet “serve” is trampled in the Christian marketplace by the ever-pervasive call and challenge to become, to shape, or to produce “leaders." "Well, Steven," one might … Continue reading Christian Leaders Or Christ’s Servants?
I hear a lot about developing Christian leaders for the next generation. Many schools and churches target development of "leaders who will make an impact" as a necessity for their institution to survive in the marketplace of Christianity. Christian parents and seminary candidates are attracted to slogans like "Preparing Christian Leaders for Tomorrow's World." Clearly … Continue reading Is Leadership a Healthy Christian Aim?