Mark D. Roberts
September 2010 Archives

The Antidote to Worship Crankiness READ Psalm 150:1-6   Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;     praise him with strings and flutes! Psalm 150:4 Worship crankiness. As a pastor, I’ve dealt with it for years. As a worshiper, I struggle with […]

I’ve seen both of these moths in the last couple of months. They were both about four to five inches from wingtip to wingtip. This means what you’re seeing below is pretty close to life-sized. Imperial Moth (Laity Lodge, near […]

In my last post I examined the first step in Jesus guidance concerning what to do if someone sins against you. It was this: “Go and point out the fault when the two of your are alone.” In this post […]

In my last post I discussed the set up for Jesus guidance concerning what to do if someone sins against you. In this post I’ll examine step one of his advice. Here, once again, is the whole passage from Matthew […]

In my last post I introduced Matthew 18:15-17, a passage in which Jesus talks about what to do if someone sins against you, and made some preliminary remarks. Today I start examining the text itself. The whole passage reads: “If […]

In last Friday’s post I introduced this series, which seeks to answer the question: “What should I do if someone in the church sins against me?” With no further ado, let’s examine the basic teaching of Jesus: “If another member […]

I remember my first cup holder. It was an awkward, plastic device that attached to door of my car. It was supposed to hold a small cup or can of soda. It did so, though not very successful. If I […]

An Expansive Call to Worship READ Psalm 148:1-14   Praise the LORD!     Praise the LORD from the heavens!     Praise him from the skies! Psalm 148:1 As a pastor for more than twenty years, I have “called people to worship” dozens, if not […]

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, 1883 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and […]

Christian fellowship is one of life’s sweetest desserts. There’s nothing quite like being with a group of people who love you warts and all. There’s great peace in sharing life with folks who are there to weep when you weep […]