Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Masculine Christianity

John Piper says this about masculinity within the church,
When I say masculine Christianity or masculine ministry or Christianity with a masculine feel, here's what I mean: Theology and church and mission are marked by an overarching godly male leadership in the spirit of Christ with an ethos of tender-hearted strength, contrite courage, risk-taking decisiveness, and readiness to sacrifice for the sake of leading and protecting and providing for the community. All of which is possible only through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Here Piper recommends that to have godly leadership that protects and provides for the church the men need to have
  1. tender-hearted strength
  2. contrite courage
  3. risk-taking decisiveness
  4. readiness to sacrifice
Food for thought. Not certain these are strong characteristics in me. Reassuringly Piper affirms such things are only obtainable thru God's grace.

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