Exploring the idea
New Testament scholar C. Kavin Rowe explores the “backgrounds” that help us make sense of our lives and how we can think Christianly in our institutions. This is the first in a five-part series Rowe wrote.
The most startling aspect of Jesus’ ministry is that it ended in failure. Thus, learning and teaching others how to fail is what Christ-shaped leaders have to offer the world.
Christ-shaped leaders include, rather than deny, the reality of failure and death, and thus establish patterns of life that hope in, live out and anticipate resurrection.
Christian leaders cannot compartmentalize their lives, because Christ is the Lord of all -- so all things must be seen in relation to Christ.
Resilience in the Christian sense is a kind of lived hope, a way to keep getting up again that has its roots in God’s permanent faithfulness.
Seeing the Idea in Practice
Recognizing that congregants were not moving toward deeper faith and service, Methodist pastor Mike Slaughter urged them to give to Sudan sacrificially. That effort transformed the church. Read more »