Craig C. Hill
Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016.
Available at Amazon.com.
To be brutally honest, I have to confess that I have an ego the size of the Grand Canyon. I always have to dominate the social and intellectual spaces around me usually through humour and hubris. My self-esteem and self-worth is very much tied to my achievements as a scholar, which I know is both unhealthy and unspiritual. I try to walk that fine balance between being humble, being seen to be humble, and promoting my agendas and significance when the opportunity arises. Nobody likes a self-congratulatory blowhard, but the thing is, as an author, you are expected to engage in Authorpreneurship, active promotion of your books through speaking engagements and social media. I recite to myself daily 2 Cor 4.5 and Rom 12.3, but Lord it’s hard to be humble in the market place of intellectual ideas and on the blogosophere.
My own career as a pastor and a professor is neither a triumph nor a tragedy. It is instead a mixture of achievement and disappointmenbt, of wins and losses, of ambitions realized and thwarted. Some things have gone better than I had reason to expect, but others worse. I have been both unfairly advantaged and, more rarely, disdavantaged. In short, my short is rather typical and so boradly correaltes wit the experience of most pastors and other so-called professionals (p. 135).
All in all, this is a very book on how to think about status and ambition and how to serve Christ honorably in a culture that favours a meritocracy. And the forward by William Willimon is worth the price of the book alone. A recommended read.
For a similar topic, I recommend John Dickson’s Humilitas.