When any Christian community becomes preoccupied with self-existence (rather than missional existence) and with power (rather than self-emptying), the Christian identity wanes. Christian history, like the history of Israel, is both the tale of God’s cruciform and apostolic life, and the story of human hubris and self-arrogation.
Scott Sunquist. “Missio Dei: Christian History Envisioned as Cruciform Apostolicity” Missiology, Missiology: An International Review, Vol. XXXVII, no. 1, January