The Birthright

It has been a while since I have written on this blog. I’ve been busy with changes in life that will hopefully bring good outcomes. With changes come new experiences that can leave people ‘stuck in a moment’. In that moment we can make good decisions of we can make bad decisions. In Genesis 25:29-34…

The Manger

Originally posted on Ontoxenos:
Luke starts his story of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7) with a description of the Emperor’s decree for a census. There are two purposes to mentioning this decree. The first is to give a reason for why Joseph and Mary are in Bethlehem for Jesus’ birth. The second reason is…

The righteous disappointed

Originally posted on Ontoxenos:
In 1:6-7 we read two things about Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were ‘righteous before God’, that is they followed the law ‘blamelessly’, Zechariah was a priest who faithful served in the temple and yet they were childless despite being older. However despite their faithful service to God they lacked the one…

Finding Joy

The other day I got an update from a friend of mine working in the Middle East with Muslims. They were sharing that with the great upheaval going on many Muslims are desperate for something other. For some it means fighting and dying in jihad so they can go to heaven, but for others they…

IHS 11 – Church leadership

Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:
(image credit pastors.com) While there are many different definitions of church, the one with which I’m most comfortable, which comes from Stanley Grenz, is that church is a covenant community. Churches are about community, which means people in relationship. This impacts how leadership operates within the church. Church leadership is different…