Author: Mark Roberts

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.

Drinking in the Parable of the Prodigal Son

What a joy it is to drink in the beauty of autumn leaves! Sometimes it’s also good to “drink in” the beauty of Scripture.

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Workday Prayers: Two Sides of Remembering

Sometimes when we remember God’s blessing in the past, we might wonder why God isn’t blessing us now in the ways we desire.

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Reason to Celebrate

In response to some religious elites who showed little concern for those who were spiritually lost, Jesus tells the story of a shepherd who leaves his large flock to seek one lost sheep.

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The Scandalous Welcome of Jesus

Are we open to imitating the scandalous welcome of Jesus?

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How Tasty Are You?

Jesus calls his disciples to be salt, tasty salt.

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The Cost of Discipleship

Jesus said that “whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

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Workday Prayers: Offer Your Work as a Gift to God

One of the gifts we can offer the Lord is our daily work.

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Growing in Love for Jesus

The more we know the love of Jesus for us, the more we will be able to love him more with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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Should We Hate Our Families?

What does Jesus mean by hating those we love most in the world?

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Favoring People Who Cannot Return the Favor, Part 2

Jesus calls us to be generous to those who cannot be generous to us.

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Don’t Let the Negative Narratives Keep You From Flourishing

People in the third third of life have prodigious potential for flourishing, that is, for experiencing personal well-being while making a meaningful difference in…

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We Still Need the Power of Purpose in a Pandemic

Just over a year ago the De Pree Center’s Third Third Initiative hosted a Zoom webinar called The Power of Purpose in a Pandemic….

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Favoring People Who Cannot Return the Favor

Jesus exhorts us not to be motivated by self-interest in how we treat others.

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Workday Prayers: Thanksgiving in October

When we offer gratitude to God, we don’t have to shout across the heavens.

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Choosing Humility

Whether among our colleagues at work or in the wider world of social media, we who seek to follow Jesus can choose the way of humility.

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