Faith and work

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen When I think about Bible characters who took their faith to work, I think about Joseph. Sold to human traffickers by his jealous brothers, transported miles from his homeland into a strange country, auctioned off as a common slave to an Egyptian official, we might have expected Joseph to […]

Well-placed passion

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen “Nothing is so aggravating than calmness,” observed poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Although I’m not sure what Mr. Wilde intended by the statement, I agree that calmness can be aggravating when circumstances call for a passionate response. The apostle Paul understood that well-placed passion has a place in kingdom […]

Preaching with power

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen Edward McKendree Bounds was born in 1835 in Shelby County, Missouri. He studied law before entering the ministry at age 24. A Confederate army chaplain during the Civil War, Bounds was taken as a non-combatant prisoner of war in the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin (Tennessee). At the […]

Generous on every occasion

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen To be a Christian is to be generous. And to be generous is to be blessed by God. Writing to the Corinthian church about the blessings and rewards of generosity, the apostle Paul noted, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on […]

Serving (and leading) in love

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). Every good leader I’ve known has been a servant. Jesus set the pace for us when he said to his disciples, “For […]