The Gospel of Jesus Christ has not stood still across the centuries, and neither have the Lindisfarne Gospels. When the monk penned Old English words on this gorgeous manuscript, his community was in exile, chased from their ancient home by Danish invaders. After the Norman invasion in 1066, monastic life in England grew quickly. A new priory was established on the tiny island, and the monks of Lindisfarne came home, bringing their Gospels with them. The English church would revolve around the life of monasteries like Lindisfarne for the next half millennium, counting on them to spread the good news to the English people.
"The truth is no coward. The truth does not need the law. The truth does not need the force of government."
Bishops, clergy, and lay leaders need to understand the full range of leadership dynamics in their task as leaders of the Church.
For those of us who did not live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the context may not be immediately evident.