I have begun the journey to next Sunday's sermon which will host the text found at Mark 8:22-38. On the way to Sunday I received a copy of "Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World" by Lee Camp. The book fell open at a page that quotes Mark 8:34-37 ("If any want to become my followers ...). By way of introduction to the passage the author includes these two provocative quotations:
"The alternative to how the kings of the earth rule is not 'spirituality', but servanthood.
- John Howard Yoder
"Just try to imagine that the Pattern is called a 'Lamb'. That alone is scandal to the natural mind. Who has any desire to be a lamb?"
- Soren Kierkegaard