- How many people did you have on Sunday?
- What theological degree have you got?
- Can you cast an enthralling vision?
- Have you read James Taylor on secularism?
- How many staff in your church?
- Are you heading to the next big leadership conference?
- Are you looking forward to Don Carson’s new book on biblical authority?
- Has your church got the new software for projecting great graphics?
- Have you worked out what kind of Millennialist you are yet?
- Do you love me more than these?
You might recognise #10.
It’s what Jesus asked Peter after a breakfast that had been cooked over a charcoal fire, and Peter was about to become a fairly significant church leader. Three times he asked him, too. Three times Peter had denied Jesus. Peter was the man who thought he was stronger and better than all the others. It turns out he wasn’t, but now Jesus wants to know if he loves him more than all the others.
I suspect that church leaders are more likely to base their conversations around the answers to the first nine questions than the answer to the tenth: and perhaps more likely to rank one another (and themselves) on the basis of the first nine, than on the basis of the tenth.
But it’s the tenth that Jesus asks.