Dear Partner in Preaching,
I’m going to boil the heart of this passage down into one, probably pretty familiar, saying: You only know who you are when you realize whose you are.
I usually mention this in terms of Baptism, and I’ll get there in this passage, I promise. But for now, I want to reference some research I read a long time ago (and so can’t remember the source, though I suspect it might be Seth Godin’s Tribes). Essentially, it contended that while we typically think of identity as something we forge on our own, most of our sense of ourselves comes from the community we belong to, our family of origin, and the...