Eucharist: Thanks

Eucharist: Thanks

February 21, 2016By Tim Yee

As I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of the Lord’s Supper, I have enjoyed finding deeper meanings of this Passover meal that Jesus reinterprets to place himself at the center of the biblical story.

Jesus is the Lamb

Jesus is the Lamb

February 20, 2016By Tim Yee

When you read Matthew’s account of the Last Supper, something is missing from this Passover meal, in which Jesus powerfully transforms it into a meal about himself. Let me explain what I mean.

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 5

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 5

February 19, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

This week, the example of Joseph in Genesis 42 has encouraged us to think about our leadership when it is deeply personal, especially when our emotions are stirred up. We have seen how Joseph reacted when encountering his brothers for the first time in decades. His strong emotions led him to treat his brothers more harshly than he would have in ordinary circumstances, deciding to throw all but one of them in prison until Benjamin, their youngest brother, was brought to Egypt. As we saw in yesterday’s devotion, the passing of time enabled Joseph to rethink his decision and choose a wiser, more compassionate course. I suggested that we need to imitate Joseph’s example, especially because so many of us are rushing our decisions owing to the high-pressured demands of leadership.

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 4

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 4

February 18, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

So far this week, we have been considering Joseph’s example of deeply personal leadership as seen in Genesis 42. (You can find the first devotions of this series here.) Yesterday, we saw that Joseph had the clarity of mind and courage to change a poor decision he had made when his emotions were running high. His example inspires us. But it also makes us ask: Why? Why did Joseph change his mind? What enabled him to reverse course, leaving a poor decision behind in order to pursue a better path?

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 3

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 3

February 17, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In this week’s Life for Leaders devotions (Monday, Tuesday), we have been reflecting on what happens when our leadership is deeply personal. The example of Joseph in Genesis 42 offers a salient example for our reflection.

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 2

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 2

February 16, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leader devotion, I began to reflect with you on what happens when leadership is deeply personal. Sometimes, of course, we lead mostly as a matter of thinking or habit (both of which are personal in way, of course). Sometimes we lead simply because that’s what’s expected of us and we’re doing our job. But there are other times when our leadership involves all that we are, including our deeply personal beliefs, feelings, hurts, hopes, dreams, and fears.

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 1

When Leadership Is Deeply Personal – Part 1

February 15, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

We lead, not just because we have a task to do or a people to lead, and not just to bring home a paycheck, but also because we care about the mission and the people entrusted to us. We lead, not just by using our minds, but also through the engagement of our hearts.

Reaching Out for Mercy

Reaching Out for Mercy

February 14, 2016By Mark D. Roberts

There are times in our lives when we are so desperate for God’s help that we might even lift our hands to him, like a child needing her mother’s help. The physical gesture isn’t required, of course. But, like kneeling or bowing our heads, raising our hands in prayer to God might just help lead our hearts before him.

Lenten Journey, Part 1 – Gratitude

Lenten Journey, Part 1 – Gratitude

February 13, 2016By Uli Chi

One of the things I didn’t much appreciate – and that my community didn’t emphasize – was the season of Lent. Perhaps you are in a similar situation. … Whether you are new to the season or are an experienced observer, I want to reflect with you every other Saturday this Lenten season on the above text from Psalm 50.