“What is truth?” asked Pilate in his now-famous question to Jesus at His trial.
Commentators, preachers, and philosophers have discussed and debated Pilate’s motive behind the question. Was he sincere? Just jesting? Responding cynically? Barclay suggested “he asked the question wistfully and wearily.” Obviously, we will never know. Continue reading
William Barclay titled this text, “The Royalty of Service.” Derek Geldart entitled it “Love on its knees.” Kerry Haynes called it “Bottom-Up Leadership.” And it’s often been cited as a narrative that identifies “The Heart of a Servant.”
I simply call this poignant passage, that only John records, “Jesus’ Model for Ministry.” Continue reading
A preacher was standing at the church house door shaking hands as the congregation departed and saw a man who rarely attended.
He grabbed him by the arm and said, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”
“I’m already in the Army of the Lord,” the man replied.
“How come I don’t see you except for Christmas and Easter?” the preacher questioned. Continue reading
Dennis Davidson tells a story about Samuel Bradburn, an associate of John Wesley, who was a highly respected minister of his day.
On one occasion Davidson was in desperate financial need. When Wesley learned of his circumstances, he sent him the following letter: “Dear Sammy: ‘trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.’ Yours affectionately, John Wesley.” Attached to the letter was a 5-pound note (then worth about $10). Continue reading
It is easy to think that people like the apostle Peter had an advantage over us today because they saw Jesus. Talked with him. Walked with Him. And learned from him.
However, in this passage, Peter pens that we, too, can be “partakers of the divine nature.” Through the knowledge of Jesus Christ we can enjoy a special relationship with Him. Fellowship and partnership with the Divine is possible when we become Christians.
This text tells us how. Continue reading
There’s an old story of an African-American preacher who was trying to motivative his congregation to greater ministry. As he concluded his sermon, he said if this church is going to go it’s got to walk the walk. To which someone, responded, “Let her walk, preacher!”
Then he said, if this church is going to grow, it’s gotta get up and run. Among a chorus of “Amens” someone hollered, “Let her run, preacher!” Continue reading
Our regular readers know that we left Kentucky last Friday and drove to Florida. Yes, the state being threatened by hurricane Dorian.
Some thought we were crazy, but believe me, we made an informed decision. We’ve lived here. We know about the destructive nature of a powerful storm. We’re aware of the “cone of uncertainty.” We also know the difference between media hype and accurate reporting. The storm seemed to be tracking in a direction that was opposite from where we would be. Yet, at any point, we were prepared to turn around and drive to a safe place. Continue reading