The Good, the Bad, and the Complacent

Every society includes the good, the bad, and the complacent. Isaiah shows us what to be, and how.  A small, fractious, religiously dominated country was paying tribute to a rich empire with an advanced military. In a fit of hubris, the oppressed people stopped sending their wagonloads of gold, hoping that a neighboring nation would… Read More The Good, the Bad, and the Complacent

Partial Obedience

My oldest daughter Anna hates washing dishes. While she was growing up, whenever my wife or I asked her to rinse the dishes and load the dishwasher, she suddenly remembered homework or some other desperately important thing to do. My wife Nancy would ask again and again until Anna started shouting and Nancy started crying.… Read More Partial Obedience

Why Don’t Wise Men Seek Him?

During the Christmas season, Christians across the world think of the Nativity, with its Holy Family, angels, shepherds, manger, and Wise Men. Joseph, Mary, Jesus, and the shepherds were Jews; unimportant and even unnoticed in their society. The Wise Men were probably Gentiles from the land of Parthia, formerly Persia, in the East. Most likely… Read More Why Don’t Wise Men Seek Him?

How Much Do Leaders Care?

It is true that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care   1.    A husband and father earns the right to lead his family by caring for his wife and children. 2.    A minister earns the right to preach by caring for his congregation. 3.    A physician earns… Read More How Much Do Leaders Care?

Hezekiah – an Example of Crisis Leadership

After the golden age of Israel, during the reigns of David and his son Solomon, Israel split apart.  The tribes of Judah and Benjamin kept Rehoboam, grandson of David as their king, but the northern ten tribes chose Jeroboam, an Ephraimite.  The subsequent history of Israel is a sad tale of uniformly evil rulers, people… Read More Hezekiah – an Example of Crisis Leadership