"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1.7
How do we balance our individual identity with our commitment to community? Can I develop as a person without becoming egotistical and self indulgent? When Jesus' calls us to deny self and follow him, what are we giving up? Am I intrinsically valuable or just part of the crowd? In short, what is personhood and what does it mean to define oneself as a Christian person?
This is the question to which founder-principle of Regent College Vancouver, Jim Houston, turns his fertile mind in 'Sources of the Christian Self'. He enlists the insights and experience of his colleagues who, in reflection of the ethos of Regent College, are academic theologians with experience of a wide range of other professions and careers. Together they take us on a journey though the ages, exploring the development of self awareness among the followers of Jesus, in response to the twists and turns of history, culture and education.
Such a treasure trove of wisdom seems too good to miss! I hope you will agree that it might at least be worth looking into, as we travel towards the celebration of God himself taking on human identity...