Gospel of Welcome

I’ve been reflecting on this week almost 2,000 years ago. Yesterday I reflected on what we advertise through what we do.

John Fischer was a “Jesus Music” pioneer who started an online church trying to reach younger people with the message of the Gospel of Welcome, Grace Turned Outward. Sunday’s church at The Catch focused on this teaching after the “Sons of Thunder” James and John approached Jesus about being his next in command in his “kingdom.”

You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.

Mark 10: 42-44

There are places around the world, including here in America, where leaders using the name of Jesus are intentionally doing the first part of Jesus’ observation. They stopped reading after the first full stop (period). The last sentence is the teaching for us who are followers of Jesus to digest and incorporate into our lives.

This is something I’ve tried, and often failed, in my management and leadership career. It’s not easy. I’ve seen many people proclaim themselves “servant leaders” and yet go down in flames. Jesus never made things easy.

Except for grace. Something that comes over you at the moment when you realize you don’t deserve it. The supreme paradox of life.

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