Exciting Events, Bookstore Deals & Rick Tobias on Grace and Love
I have begun to call it the ‘Tyndale difference.' It is a way for me to describe the impact that people express to me about their years of study here. Over the years the school has had different names and initials but I am amazed to hear how common the themes are. Culture and society changed and altered over 120 years of Tyndale's history but this ‘Tyndale difference’ has always has been constant.
Just read the stories of present day students in the TYNDALE magazine or in letters. You will recognize the similarities. One is that the experience has always been more than our educational programs. Throughout the decades an atmosphere was nurtured which enabled students to grow in their ability to think critically and intelligently about their world, but also to be formed in character and spirit.
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For almost 25 years Rick Tobias led Yonge Street Mission and is currently serving as the organization’s Community Advocate. Since 1984 Rick has been an adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary. This is the second installment in a four-part series that takes us through a discussion with Rick about what is needed in church leadership today.
GRACE AND LOVE
What are the core values in your ministry? Do grace and love appear regularly? Rick believes that in many ways “Grace is a more practical expression” of love. He states that “leaders in the church need to see beauty, worth and capacity in the people around them, both inside the church and outside of the church.
The grace of God can be seen in ministries that are about inclusion and embracing those around them. This standard for grace begins with Jesus who “changed the standard for love.”
As Christians, we are called to “love as He loves God.” It’s not about the culture we live in, or even the culture around us, instead it is about the culture that Christ calls us to live out. “We have a new culture here, we don’t get to love the way our old culture loved, but we get to love the way Jesus loved,” says Rick. How does that look today? “We need to stop being the ‘morality police’ and start being the people who love without judgment.”
This love needs to extend to other Christians, because it is through our love that others will see Christ. “So if our love doesn’t translate into an embrace of each other – if it doesn’t translate into the church truly loving the whole church – then the rest of the world has every reason to question Jesus. Jesus made our love for each other basically a proof of His divinity. Where I work, we probably have people representing 17 different Christian communities. Outside the front door there are Muslims, Hindus, Jewish people, Buddhists, pagans and if they see that we can’t live well with each other they have no reason to assume there is any credibility to what we have to say.”
On an individual level, this also means redefining what we mean by love. Christ tells us that love means laying down our lives for each other. But in our world today, that isn’t always apparent. Rick wonders if it “might be more appropriate that we give up a promotion for somebody else, give up a raise for somebody else, give up our prestige for somebody else; we need to redefine what it means to love sacrificially for each other.”
Imagine what our world would think if we all spent more time being graceful and loving sacrificially. Imagine the difference.
“It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people. ” John Wesley
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