Posts tagged with: Isaiah

Photo of sunrise at Zion National Park. Copyright Mark Roberts.

Keeping Christmas Well . . . Gloriously

Scripture reveals to us the unsurpassed glory of God, which we see in the natural world and most of all in Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.

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A beautiful rose garden

Righteousness Springing Up

Advent prepares us for the moment when Jesus enters our world.

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An old man walking alone down a long hallway

Gladness from Mourning

Someone is coming who will bind up our wounds.

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An apple orchard with a few chickens

Hoping for an Intervention

In this season of Advent, we can be as honest as we need to be with God.

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Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering), Jerusalem

The Good News of Christian Leadership – The Way of Weak Leadership?

In our various vocations in business, government, non-profits, churches and homes, pain and suffering are the unexpected consequences of being lead servants. From a Christian perspective, to be a “strong” leader means learning to be a “weak” leader. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses … For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10, NIV). This final servant song reminds us that following Jesus in leadership means we must enter other people’s pain and suffering, the way Jesus did.

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Road to Emmaus by Robert Zund (1877)

The Good News of Christian Leadership – Following and Enduring?

Why is a Christian vision of leadership good news? Leadership is inescapably about the use of power and influence. In this series, we explore how a Christian vision of leadership reframes our understanding of how that power and influence are exercised.

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Picture: St Peter in Prison by Rembrandt van Rijn (1631)

The Good News of Christian Leadership – Labor in Vain?

Jesus lamented in fulfilling his vocation. Consequently, the good news begins by discovering that Jesus is quite at home in the company of those who are discouraged, despondent, and even despairing. Jesus understands, in a way that I hadn’t imagined possible, those who struggle with chaos, futility, and a sense of purposelessness.

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Picture: Lit Advent Candles © 2018 by Uli Chi

The Good News of Christian Leadership – A Flickering Light?

Light is a biblical image not just for understanding and knowledge. It is also a metaphor for a flourishing life. Life and light are therefore deeply interconnected. We live in a season of flickering lights that seem to be on the verge of going dark. Institutions that we have counted on for dependable light and life have begun to flicker. What hope does Christian leadership offer in such a time?

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a woman watching the subway train race past her

Waiting as Power

In the Scriptures, the act of waiting on God was a means to receive God’s strength—it was not a process to inflict fear, pain, or a mentality of lack.

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Bread at a bakery

Share Your Bread

At the beginning of this passage, the coming of God into the situation Isaiah addresses definitely means challenge, not comfort.

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A field of reeds at sunset

Justice for the Bruised Reeds

I don’t know about you, but I suspect that, like me, there have been many times in your life when you have felt like a bruised reed and a dimly burning wick. I suspect that there have been times when those you love and those whom you influence have felt like bruised reeds and dimly burning wicks.

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The Adoration of the Shepherds by Caravaggio (1609).

Light in the Darkness

Darkness is our beginning / Not our ending. // We begin in darkness / The womb of Creation / Covering the face of the deep. / So also, darkness is the beginning / Of Redemption. // A Star appears in the darkness— / A signpost to the wise / Of all times and from all places / To leave their darkness / And journey to find him / Who is Light.

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A child in the middle of colorful confetti tossed into the air.

Don’t Be a Stick in the Mud

I suspect we would agree that children are better at practicing imagination, awe, and wonder. They do not let their imaginations become stunted by inhibitions. They don’t have enough history to fall back into old habits. Everything is new to children. Each day arrives on their pillow with a healthy dose of expectancy.

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A Happy New Year sign board amidst Christmas tree trimmings.

Truly Amazing Good News!

As we look forward to a new year, we are reminded of the greater newness yet to come in the new creation. Last night at midnight our calendars changed, but the world was otherwise the same. Someday, however, God will renew all things. In that day, sorrow will be swallowed up by rejoicing… God’s justice will cover the earth.

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A person waiting at the front of an empty church sanctuary as if forgotten.

Do You Forget to Ask God for Help?

Isaiah 65 begins with a tragic thought. God stood ready to help his people, but they didn’t bother to call upon him. He was ready to be found by those he had chosen, but they were not looking for him… As I read this sad comment made by the Lord, I have to wonder how many times what was once true of Israel has been true of me. How many times has God been ready to help me, while I failed to turn to him?

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