I had a conversation with a pastor recently and we spent sometime discerning and discussing his situation. There are many days where he feels not only trapped, but alone.
I often wonder what Peter felt like on this particular Saturday. How hard could today have been? You give up your livelihood for three years to follow someone intimately. You learn to walk like them, talk like them, think like them, and hopefully act like them. But after three long years the last thing you say about your lord and master is: “I don’t know the man.”
This last Sunday I opted out of a traditional ‘sermon’ for a more reflective piece on a passage out of Mark 10.
You’ll find it below, but here I want to provide a few explanatory notes:
- I told it from the perspective of John, and while most of it was a monologue, I did have someone read the parts of Jesus (marked in red).
- It’s largely unedited, as I read more for thought on Sunday than the actual text.
- It’s a rather strong, but I think fair critique of the many ways we misunderstand leadership and influence through Kingdom values. While we may tout Jesus as Lord, we are too often stuck trying to run the church like a business. Kingdom values, and more importantly the expression of those values, should be something decidedly different than we see in the world.