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Stephen Hill: Would the Real Apostles Please Stand Up?

Hill’s article represents an effort to address an increasingly prominent and controversial issue for churches in the 21st century. While one may question the methodology chosen for this task, it has to be said that Hill is correct when he urgently calls for church authority to become more ethical and for leadership to become more like servanthood.

Reviewed by Trevor W. Martindale


At the time of writing, Hill’s full article is available to be viewed online at:

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1 Stephen Sykes argues that it is not credible to attempt to dissociate the Christian faith from the phenomena of power. This is because history has always been impacted by a world of overlapping and intersecting influences of power. Hence, the church itself is not immune to the dangers of adopting abusive practices of power that damage its proclamation of the good news equally as much as it cannot be reticent of proclaiming a God of power and might, whose authority is exercised over all of creation. See Stephen Sykes, Power and Christian Theology, London/New York: Continuum, 2006.


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Category: Ministry, Summer 2009

About the Author: Trevor W. Martindale has been involved in supporting church-planting ministries in South Africa, where he grew up, and in England and in Scotland, where he now lives. Currently, he is a graduate student at the University of Aberdeen.

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