Category Archives: Authority

Servant-leadership…but….

Jesus set the example of servant-leadership but be careful not to misunderstand what He intended. Continue reading

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How do people regard me?

Let’s be honest about how easily we become preoccupied with how others regard us. It’s tempting to build self-perception on how others perceive us. This is the underlying concern relating to preoccupation with status or greatness. Continue reading

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When is war necessary?

We should not allow our weariness with overseas wars result in a delusional isolationism. There is always a danger in reaction resulting in opposite extremes. So perhaps this is a good time to review our beliefs about war. Is it possible to have a just war? Could a decision to go to war ever be the best and most loving choice? Continue reading

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We serve no sovereign here

We now live in bondage under the final authority of the individual will, whose impulses and decisions are their own moral index. Even our religion betrays our inviolable spirit of autonomy. Continue reading

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Five essentials of life with God

  The Old Testament book of Proverbs invites the reader to sit in on a conversation between a father and a son. The line, “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction…” (1:7), makes matters intensely personal. In Proverbs 1-7, we walk … Continue reading

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A time of scandals

Before offering critique of current political scandals, I need to qualify my viewpoint with a bit of perspective. On a relatively small-scale, I know what it’s like to be a public leader. As senior pastor of what is considered a … Continue reading

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Watch out for the person who….

Working as a team requires unity and mutual respect. It also requires leadership. My role has transitioned to one of providing leadership for the pastoral staff of our Church as they provide leadership for the congregation. I’ve written in the … Continue reading

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