A Theology of Brokenness
I haven’t read this book yet, and I know the danger of appearing to endorse a book I haven’t read yet. But, I came across this quote on another blog and thought it fits well with The Good Enough Pastor.
It comes from Kathy Escobar’s book, Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Way of Jesus.
“A theology of brokenness embraces our spiritual poverty, questions, doubts, and desire for love, hope and redemption, and reminds us that the stink and the beauty are wrapped into one. We can’t just focus on the group of people who will confirm that our ministry is a success. Instead, we must include people who will challenge our definitions of success and stretch our imaginations about what the kingdom of God looks like. It turns things upside-down. It includes people we wouldn’t. This is the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
This gives us much to ponder. If this quote is an indication of the rest of the book, it would be a good read. I’ll leave it for you to wring out the meanings this quote has for you. But one thought I’d like to raise is this: what she says about embracing the stink and the beauty in those we minister to also applies to embracing the stink and the beauty in ourselves.