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Excerpts from “The Problem with the Pattern”

“…Nouwen objects. ‘I am deeply convinced,’ he writes, ‘that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. That is the way Jesus came to reveal God’s love.'”

“What if church leaders were honest about what they have to offer, were content to be irrelevant, and were expectant that God’s power would be made perfect in our weakness?”

“As Nouwen says, ‘The way of the Christian leader is not the way of upward mobility in which our world has invested so much, but the way of downward mobility ending on the cross … I am speaking of a leadership in which power is constantly abandoned in favor of love.'”

“We know from the Book of Acts that the early Church was distinct from the other cultural institutions of its day. Its faith, love, and practices were unique, strange, and somewhat mysterious to the first-century world, and yet it flourished. The early Church was the exact opposite of the Roman Empire, and yet it flourished. Christianity wasn’t popular, it was persecuted, and yet it flourished.”

“In Acts 2, Luke notes that the Lord was adding to the numbers of early Christians daily. It seems fitting that in the absence of the pattern and its relevance, popularity, and power, God gets the credit for the growth of the early Church.”

All these quotes come from a post by the editor of one of my favorite magazines, Collide. His name is Scott McClellan. How humbling! I don’t even know what to say… That may be best. Instead of rambling, I’ll let my words be few, ha.

Soak it in. Read the article. Discuss in the comments! Look forward to hearing what you have to say!

  1. sq
    March 18, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I liked the first one. I think we are to be called to offer ourselves as Jesus did. I believe we should come to love one another as He did. Thanks for posting these.

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