Stanley Hauerwas delivered this wonderful sermon last month for the Duke Divinity School Closing Convocation.
I love his plainspoken counsel, appropriating Jesus’ question to Peter for those headed into the ministry, “do you love me?”
Do you love me? The question cannot be avoided. The question certainly cannot be avoided by those in the ministry. For as I think you will discover, the ministry is a playground of manipulative games derived from distrust and envy that too often produces lives of self-destructive self-hate. If you do not love Jesus you will find it almost impossible to survive in the ministry.