Category: Men

Abuse of Power and Influence

Abuse of Power and Influence

In his book, Principle-Centred Leadership, Stephen Covey wrote about the difference between the power and influence that come from coercion and structures, and what can come from character. It appears that in his time on earth Jesus waived his structural...

Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas

Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas

Today we start a series looking at Eli, and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas.

When we read 1 and 2 Samuel, and look for what it has to say to us about abuse, we are flooded with stories and examples. This makes sense because what we now categorise broadly as abuse is a grouping of different harmful or toxic behaviours: different sins.

Is Jesus safe to allow in?

Is Jesus safe to allow in?

We have been looking at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus. To remind ourselves of Lazarus’s perspective: he believed Jesus could heal him. He counted Jesus as a friend. His family had asked Jesus to come and help. Yet Jesus did not arrive, and Lazarus died...

Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus sooner?

Why didn’t Jesus help Lazarus sooner?

We have been looking over the last few days at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus. If you haven’t seen the previous two days, you might like to catch up. So far, the focus has largely been on what’s happening for Martha and Mary, and for Lazarus before he...

Jesus: Respecter of boundaries

Jesus: Respecter of boundaries

Yesterday we started looking at the story of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Jesus, and got as far as Lazarus’s death, and Jesus’ failure to arrive. You might like to read that one first, if you haven’t seen it already. Meanwhile – the story continues: Back in Bethany, by...

Closer than a brother

Closer than a brother

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”

It is a completely normal response to suffering to wonder if God cares.

Honestly, he has a whole world to manage. A whole universe. And in that world are literally billions of people. Billions are, in fact, suffering. Plus he is working out plans that affect the whole human race, and those plans affect everybody’s eternal well-being.

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