Where and when did the role of pastor become so closely associated with the characteristics of terrible leadership: anemic, people-pleasing, comfort-oriented, weakness-honoring, safety-bound, consensus-collecting, approval-seeking, distress-abating caretaking?
How did we get from the decisive, principle-inspired boldness of Jesus with the money-changers [Matthew 21], Paul provoking a riot in Ephesus [Acts 19], and Peter’s boldness on the first Pentecost [Acts 2], to this?
Consider the frightening judgment of Ananias and Sapphira [Acts 5], the way the power of God rested on Stephen at his stoning [Acts 6], and the arrest of early church leaders for “turning the world upside down” [Acts 17:6].
How have we settled for a religious experience so predictable, routinized, and boring that men of any age, and people under the age of 40 stay away in droves?
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