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Husbands, Be Good Managers

1 Timothy 3:4-5 says of those called to the office of ruling elder in the church, “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (ESV).  There are many qualities listed by Paul in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 that are requisite for a man who would be an elder.  Many of those qualities can be summarized under the heading of “spiritual maturity.”  An elder is to be able to teach (or be teachable) as well as one who is dignified and respected in the community.  In addition, he should have an interest in ministry to people in the context of the church (1 Peter 5).  The thread that holds it all together is having a mature and lively faith in Christ.  One of the clearest signs that a man has the proper temperament, wisdom, and faith is how he operates in his home if he has a family.

Paul says that he must manage his own household well.  The word translated “manage” can also be translated “rule” as it is rendered in the Authorized […]

In Awe of the Aged

Have you ever met a mature Christian?  That question’s not meant to be snarky, no matter how many smirks it may inspire.  It’s meant to call attention to the truly special experience of interacting with people who sincerely (and sometimes unknowingly) exude from the core of their being what Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5).  Their demeanor is calm and calming.  Ordinary conversations with them feel holy, and when you leave, you feel understood, taken seriously, and loved.  These people scare the stuff out of me.     

The Mask Will Not Work

 

In a book on World War I that we have, there is a haunting picture that you can see above. The photo shows a line of a few American soldiers in France coming out of their foxholes in an attempt to advance toward enemy lines. Though the picture only represents a second in time on a great battlefield, the black and white of the picture highlights the story of its grim reality. Behind the men you can see that the battlefield is smoky, as artillery shells have hit and exploded behind them.  Most of the handful of men in the picture are crouched down and running ahead, gun in hand.  But it is the lead soldier in the picture that grabs your attention.

His helmet is off and his head thrust back. His right arm is up and his left hand is clutching his throat.  You can tell he is about to go down.  As the historian explains the picture, you realize it is not a bullet that got him. Notice all the other men around him are wearing gas masks.  Yet his did not work, and the poisonous gas of the enemy is having its effect as he gasps for life, […]

Some brief thoughts on wisdom

Part of my daily Bible reading has been through the book of Proverbs lately and tonight I happened upon a sermon of mine from Proverbs 1. Apparently I’m forgetful enough that my own sermon notes can help me just a few years later. Anyway, here are just a few thoughts about Biblical wisdom, specifically about God’s promise to make us wise: