In this book review, I consider a volume that helps its readers know “oneself” and understand the importance of personal integrity, developing vision, finding ways to improve, empowering others, and acknowledging the importance of others with whom we work. This book provides strategies on where to begin and to execute our service at a high level.Read more "Book Review: Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge"
The telephone rings and I answer it. The person on the other end asks the following question: “is the pastor in?” To which I reply, “No, we have no pastors, but I’m an evangelist can I help you?” The phone is silent for a few seconds, often followed with some stuttering; the refrain repeats uneasily, “is the pastor in?” They are seeking the preacher but that is not the preacher’s title, nor description in the New Testament.Read more "“Is the Pastor In?”: A Brief Look at a Misnomer"
I do not have all the reasons why this Christian leader fell from being a fellow worker alongside Paul, to then becoming a defector due to an unhealthy appetite for the things of this world. I believe, however, there are lessons in his story for us all. I hope it is beneficial to your faith.Read more "Lessons to be Learned from Demas"
What a person “says” matters becase it reflects a spiritual truth about a person’s heart. The heart is the touchstone upon which Jesus makes his case for a higher level of spirituality. Consequently, what a person “says” matters because it reflects a spiritual truth about a person’s heart.Read more "Modesty in Speech: Reflecting God’s Image in What We Say"
Much of the New Testament speaks to the blessings of God’s divine goodness and mercy. When God is in covenant He blesses those who are His in a uniquely different fashion. Instead of the everyday blessing such as are fitting in His providential care of all humanity (Matthew 5.44-45), to those who are His through […]Read more "Blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1)"
It is a staggering idea to contemplate God choosing self sacrifice in order to create the opportunity for reconciliation between Himself and his rebellious creation. In fact, Paul would word the matter in the following way: “God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them” (2 Cor. 5.19). The agent through […]Read more "In the Beginning was the Word (John 1.1)"
Claudius Lysias, the tribune, appears in the New Testament in Acts 21-24 in connection with Paul’s interaction with the Jews in Palestine. Despite being an fleeting character in the New Testament, he plays an important role in Paul’s care. This piece explores what can we learn about him.Read more "Who is Claudius Lysias?"