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.

Not a Fish Tale

When we’re struggling to believe God or to discern God’s guidance, God often gives us hints or signs, evidence of God’s presence, love, and wisdom. Sometimes God can speak to us even through a fish!

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Not a Ghost Story

When Jesus first appeared to his disciples as he rose from the dead, they were terrified, fearing that he was a ghost.

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How to Add 7.5 Good Years to Your Life

I have good news to share. I am officially Ageism Aware. That’s true, at least according to one of those internet quizzes that pop…

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Hearts: From Slow to Burning

When we know that God is teaching us, and when we learn new truths, our hearts move from slow to burning.

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Workday Prayers: Prosper the Work of Our Hands

We will work well when we pay attention to how God works.

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How Jesus Makes Himself Known, Part 2

There’s something about sharing food and conversation that opens us to deeper relationships with other people and with Jesus.

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How Jesus Makes Himself Known, Part 1

When the resurrected Jesus joined two of his disciples for dinner, they had no idea who he was. But when he broke the bread and handed it to them, at that moment they recognized Jesus.

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The Necessity of the Cross

As Jesus walked along with two of his disciples after his resurrection, he explained to them how the Hebrew scriptures informed and guided his messianic work.

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The Curious Puzzles of the Road to Emmaus

The beloved story of “The Road to Emmaus” includes several curious puzzles. One of the most perplexing is why the two disciples of Jesus who were walking on the road failed to recognize the risen Jesus when he appeared to them.

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Balance is Great, but Not Work-Life Balance

These days, it’s pretty common to hear people mention “work-life balance.” They may not be practicing it, but they are talking about. Often the…

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Women as Witnesses to the Resurrection:
Another Striking Implication

The centrality of women in the resurrection stories gives us a dramatic picture of God using women for a crucial and wonderful aspect of his revelatory work.

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Women as Witnesses to the Resurrection: A Striking Implication

The gospel stories of Jesus’s resurrection have some surprising features, in addition to the most obvious surprise. One of these surprises has to do with the prominent role of women as witnesses to the resurrection.

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Is the Resurrection of Jesus an Idle Tale?

When some of the women who followed Jesus returned from his tomb, announcing to the other disciples the good news of the resurrection, those who heard their announcement considered it an “idle tale” (Luke 24:11).

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The Good News of Easter

Because of the resurrection, everything changes. And it’s all based on the simple good news: Christ is risen!

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Restore Us, Lord, to Yourself! A Devotion for Good Friday

In the book of Lamentations we read a simple prayer: “Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored.” This prayer assumes that only God can mend our relationship with God.

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