Chrysalis Beneath the canopy of heaven unprotected, true heirs of kings and sometime prophets faithful, keep suspended watch. Hidden from those who trust in wood and stone, they rest where father Jacob’s angel-ladder touches earth. The air is thick and shimmers with a singing weight, encounters down the ages across realms; yet, even so, the messenger of glory and of peace elicits fear: for shepherds know that none can bear the news for which they wait, and long to hear. Nevertheless, the time has come to shed the shepherd-skin, as Shepherds, blinking, push their way into the light. Biblical references to shepherds: the Patriarchs, King David, the prophet Amos, God himself.
Link to a dissertation I have written on recovering the ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers in the local church, in which I engage with the writings of missiologists Alan Hirsch and Mike Breen, and sociological commentator Malcolm Gladwell.
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