“For Paul, the power to dominate and win was antithetical to the nature of the Gospel” (31).
Pastors abort their calling, when they don’t know their congregants and develop a programmatic mentality that depersonalizes relationships and only invites others into what is new, big and exciting (136–38).
Its opening quote, by Eugene Peterson, and closing quotes, by Augustine and others, help tether its consistent line of thought that’s held by two opposing questions:
Do you seek applause, self-importance, influence, control, and winning—using people in the process?
Do you take on the way of the Lamb, find God’s power in weakness, and lay down your life for others?