In a patriarchal culture, Jesus showed his followers a radically different way to relate and lead.
God entered the human race as a human being to begin a great reversal. He died to pay our penalty for our sins, but he also lived and walked the paths of Galilee and Judea to overturn the kinds of hierarchies that destroy lives and hinder God's purposes. He was clear that "many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first" (Matt. 19:30). Again and again throughout the Gospels, we hear him denounce human assumptions about power and dominance. He was consistently clear: Leadership is from the bottom, not from the top. We lead as we serve. continue reading >>