Four Gems on Leadership

Korah's kin had a tough legacy with which to deal. He was the one who challenged the inestimably great Moses for the leadership of Israel (see Numbers 16). He lost, badly, and was ultimately swallowed up by the ground as punishment from God for daring to affront God's anointed servant,…

Abiding in the Word of God

The crowds in Jerusalem were huge and festive, and they were clamoring to get close to Jesus. Day in and day out during the great Festival of Tabernacles, Jesus taught those who were listening. Consider carefully one of His most significant points: “If you abide in my word, you are…

Leadership Lessons from a Centurion

Tucked within the Scriptures are amazing leadership snapshots, and one worthy of notice is the moment shared between Jesus and the Roman Centurion who has charge over the vicinity of Capernaum on the northern rim of the Sea of Galilee. Luke 7:1-10 ably portrays the story, and within the text…

Meditatio: Further Reflections on Sermonizing

I must confess that my entire approach to preaching is unorthodox and, perhaps, inadequate, at least in the eyes of those who so faithfully equipped me throughout my educational years. This great revelation came to me a bit ago while I was out shoveling the snow off of my driveway.…

The Beauty of Penal Substitution

Not long ago a helpful book regarding the problem of mass incarceration was shared around our community--Dominique Gilliard's work, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. His writing does a noble job of highlighting many of the tragic dynamics shaping what I tend to think of as the "Incarceration Complex."…

Four Practical Truths About Biblical Love

Some time ago I took a phone call from a regional newspaper regarding the nature of love. The conversation gave consideration to the contrast between biblical love and the so-called "love" that is portrayed in movies like 50 Shades of Grey. To that I simply pointed out that love is about…