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Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership Paperback – November 14, 2003
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Howell gives a good overview of the Old and New Testament terms for "servant" and "slave," drawing conclusions from how these terms are used and defined. The writers of the Old Testament take a term for oppression, "slave," and use it as a title of honor and dignity: servant of the Lord (10). The New Testament writers follow the same pattern by transforming the terms for "servant" and "slave" from secular understandings associated with humiliation and oppression into terms of great spiritual significance because of the example of Christ.
An important section of Servants of the Servant describes Jesus' teaching on leadership as related to the kingdom of God.Read more ›
This offering is worthy of the best seminary classroom study and at the same time useful for an inexperienced Sunday School teacher's devotional reading. The beginning chapter might have been better placed at the end of the book so as to not discourage the uninitiated in a well reasoned Hebrew and Greek word study. But that aside, I have never read any book with which my mind agreed more or my heart rejoiced so much. For Christians in the "It IS about ME" generation, a suitable correction is afforded those open to growth and change. For faithful servants who have decreased so that Christ could increase, this is priceless encouragement.
The treatment is so thoroughly Biblical that no honest person can read it and conclude that the substance and essence of the book is just the author's opinion.
The author gives some basics and background information and then delves into different Biblical Leaders and their particular styles later in the book, devoting a chapter to each. I think that this is the great gift this book offers: taking individual Biblical leaders in all their imperfection and analyzing each one.
I think that this book is great for leading a retreat, discussion, or workshop, but can also be taken into prayer by those of us in Church leadership.
Time spent on the "to read" shelf: 5 years.
Days spent reading it: Read on and off for 5 years.
Why I read it: Dr. Howell was a professor of mine at Columbia International University. I really respected him, and looked forward to reading his book. Parts of this book were assigned in some of the classes that I was taking during seminary and I thought that they were good chapters.
Brief review: Servants of the Servant is a book about Biblical Leadership. In this book, Don Howell develops a biblical theology of leadership by creating leadership profiles of OT and NT leaders. Howell does a good job of taking the biblical text and drawing out practical applications about leadership. These leadership profiles are a core strength of this book. I especially like how each chapter ends with a one-page summary of the key elements of leadership that are developed in a particular character's life. In addition to these profiles, Howell also looks at the life and ministry of Jesus with an extended treatment. While I thought these chapters on Jesus' ministry were well researched and would probably be considered the heart of the book, they did not interest me as much as the leader profiles. Perhaps I liked the simple patterns of the profile chapters over the longer evaluation of Jesus' ministry and teachings.
Overall I thought this book was well done. The chapters are simple enough for a layperson to understand except for the first two chapters, which are word studies in Hebrew and Greek. However, it is clear that this is a work for the academy. There are copious footnotes and details for this to be a solid resource at the college and seminary level.Read more ›
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Don Howell creates a biblical theology of leadership through the lens of servanthood and traces the theme through the progressive revelation of Scripture. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew T Hancock
Great book written by a very insightful theologian with biblical insights on being a servant to the Servant.Published 21 months ago by kllsty
College text book. Had to buy it for class I'm taking. Grab your Bible and read John chapter 3. Great stuff.Published on November 9, 2013 by Preacher Bill
Excited with my first read and wanted to give it as a gift to someone I knew would appreciate it. And they did!!!Published on September 13, 2013 by Simple2plz