A Good Report

“And you know his character, how as child of a father he has served with me in the Gospel.” (Philippians 2:22) Over the years, between my time as a school teacher/administrator and as a pastor, one of the more enjoyable things that I have had the privilege of doing is to write letters of recommendation… Read More

Mentoring, Paul’s Way

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon in order that I may be encouraged by the knowledge of you.” (Philippians 2:19) On one level, this is a continuation of the spirit that Paul has been expressing toward the people in Philippi. He holds them in high esteem and with great… Read More

What is More Needful…Glorying in God’s Work!

“In order that your glory might abound in Christ by me, as a result of my returning again to you.” (Philippians 1:26) I wonder whether we genuinely rejoice in God because of the spiritual mentors that God has placed in our lives. Often we can remember the baseball coach or the Scoutmaster that helped us… Read More

A Meal-Ticket or A Ministry?

“On one hand, there are some who proclaim Christ from jealousy and contention while others do so in good will; the latter from love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel; the former preach Christ out of contention, not genuinely, intending tribulation to arise while I am in my chains.”… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

Bondservants of Christ

“Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons.” (Philippians 1:1) Philippians is one of Paul’s later letters, written while in Prison in Rome (c.f. 4:22), and towards the end of his life. This places the letter as having been… Read More

Least of the Apostles (1 Corinthians 15:8-9)

“And last of all, as to one who is stillborn, he was seen [by me].  For I, myself am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, for I persecuted the church of God.”  (1 Corinthians 15:8-9)   Though Paul understood that he had been forgiven, he never forgot the life… Read More

First Importance (1 Corinthians 15:3)

 “For I delivered to you of first importance that which I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”  (1 Corinthians 15:3)   Paul now is about to lay out for the Corinthians once again the essentials of the faith.  Please note, these things that he lays down are what he calls… Read More