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.

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Citizens of Heaven on the Fourth of July

We affirm the good and confess what is not good, working as citizens of heaven and earth for God’s justice here and now, even as we long for the ultimate justice of God’s future.

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Workday Prayers: To the Lover of Justice

No matter our particular role or responsibility, we can work to see that all people with whom we work are treated equitably as people created in God’s own image.

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A Model for Mentors

1 Thessalonians encourages mentors to care deeply for their mentees and to share their “soul” with their mentees when it is appropriate.

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Reasons for Tender Gentleness

The Christian gospel reveals a God who became humble and vulnerable in Jesus Christ, a God who did far more than point to a way of salvation.

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Cultural Engagement and Critical Thinking

As we engage with popular writings about life and leadership, we too should learn to think critically and thoughtfully, making sure that our perspectives are consistent with the gospel.

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Gentle as a Nurse

We often hear about leaders as people who are strong, decisive, tough, and driven. The letter of 1 Thessalonians in the New Testament gives us a strikingly different picture of leadership..

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Workday Prayers: Praising God with the Products of Work

God is honored today when we offer our work in worship, even if we’re not able to craft musical instruments for use in church. All our work can be done for God’s glory.

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Don’t Throw Your Weight Around

We must exercise the authority we’ve been given to serve others, not to Lord it over them.

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Avoid Flattery But Affirm Freely

As disciples of Jesus, we should avoid flattery. But we should excel in genuine affirmation that seeks to encourage others.

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Whose Pleasure Matters Most?

The example of Paul and his colleagues in 1 Thessalonians encourages us to seek to please God most of all in everything we do.

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What Are Your Motives?

People are motivated by many different things. Most of us have a variety of mixed motives in life, and that’s not necessarily wrong. But sometimes our motives reflect our sinful desires.

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Workday Prayers: God is Most High

Sometimes work wants to be number one in our lives. It seeks our ultimate allegiance, that which belongs to God alone.

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How NOT to Lead

We live in a day when many leaders in all sectors live and lead in ways that promote their own good rather than the good of others or the organizations they lead. The moral failure of leaders begets mistrust and suspicion.

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Sharing Your Failures

Though we should be wise when sharing personal stories, the example of the Apostle Paul and his colleagues encourages us to tell the truth about our failures and God’s amazing grace.

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The Gift of Resilience

In 1 Thessalonians we learn that resilience is a gift from God. When we face overwhelming obstacles, when we feel exhausted, we need God’s help.

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