Read an Excerpt From Malestrom

Jesus' inversion of the social pyramid — a malestrom social structure — is never more uncomfortably subversive than his rebuke of his disciples as they jockeyed for power and authority over each other (men over men!) in his coming kingdom. He doesn't simply rebuke them for fighting among themselves; he condemns how they are thinking. The prizing of power and authority over others may characterize the kingdoms of this world both large and minuscule. "Not so with you," he tells his disciples. "Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave." It is an astonishing inversion. A view of manhood that insists the top spot belongs to a male, in any context, is difficult to reconcile with Jesus' words. That's how hard it is to be the kind of man who follows Jesus. (pgs. 182–185)

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