How we relate to leaders

We’ve taken time in recent posts to show that leadership is not about hierarchy, inner circles, power or control. Leaders are not to Lord it over the church, nor to rely on their position or charisma to push things through. Church leadership should not be authoritarian.  Leaders and teachers are gifts to the church and so we should focus on being gifts rather than on status and titles (cf Ephesians 4:11). Continue reading

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Power Play

Power has been unavoidably on my mind over the past few weeks. Not, I hasten to add because I’m in the middle of a power struggle but because this word seems to sum up a lot about what is happening in the wider world and because it is a key theme running through our Bible teaching Continue reading

What does it mean to “touch the Lord’s anointed”?

In 2 Samuel 1:14, David asks the Amalekite messenger:

                         “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?”

The phrasing is familiar because in 1 Samuel when David and his followers have the opportunity to kill Saul themselves, David tells Abishai:

“Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one?”

Here, the phrase “the anointed one” is seen to refer to the chosen king over Israel although Psalm 105 refers plurally to the whole of Israel as the Lord’s anointed ones and so under his protection. 

Is there a relevant application of the command not to touch, attack, kill or destroy the Lord’s anointed one for today’s church?  On Sunday, we primarily focused on a “How much more” application. If David could say this of a flawed man like Saul, then how much more should our concern be for Christ’s honour as the perfect and eternal King? Continue reading

A different kind of leader and the bruised reed (Isaiah 42:1-4)

What makes a good leader? Perhaps we think in terms of charisma, competence, strength, a compelling vision. Think about these people: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Robert Mugabe, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin. What makes people look to them as leaders.

What about leaders more locally, church, home, school, work. What authority do they have? How do they exercise it? Continue reading