One Body: Many Leaders

Dennis Voskuil

READ : 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. (v. 26) During my years of ministry at Western Seminary, I noticed that our students struggled during the annual Honors Con-vocation, an occasion for recognizing the academic achievements of stellar students with awards and prizes. Invariably this ceremony triggered certain tensions. Recipients were pleased with the honor, but uncomfortable because many of their friends and classmates had not been recognized. …

Reluctant Leaders

Dennis Voskuil

READ : Exodus 4:10-17 Oh, my Lord, please send someone else. (v. 13) How many of us have balked like Moses when the Lord called him to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt? When God calls us to serve we also compile a host of reasons why someone else should be chosen. Are you a reluctant leader like Moses? While in Midian tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush …

Discerning Leaders

Dennis Voskuil

READ : 1 Samuel 3:8-10 Speak, Lord, for your servant hears. (v. 9) One night while sleeping in the temple at Shiloh, the boy heard a voice calling “Samuel, Samuel.” Three times Samuel ran to Eli, the high priest, saying, “Here I am, for you called me.” Finally Eli perceived that Yahweh was calling the boy and told him to go lie down, and if he heard the voice again, he should say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.” When …

Transformative Faith

Dennis Voskuil

READ : Romans 12:1-2 A recent survey conducted by the Grand Rapids Press revealed that half of 800 West Michigan respondents consider their faith to be important in how they live their lives. A large percentage of those polled indicated that their beliefs influence everything from where they shop to the careers they choose. As I read a summary of the survey, I was especially struck by the observation of a man who works for a furniture company in Grand …

Faith Tested by Fire

Dennis Voskuil

READ : 1 Peter 1:3-9 Polycarp was one of the leaders of the second century church in Smyrna (present day Turkey). During an age of great persecution, he did all that he could to protect the church and to avoid conflict with Roman officials. One day anti-Christian pressure became so intense that the bishop was taken to a stadium to be questioned about his devotion to the local gods and Caesar, the emperor. When asked to deny Christ, Polycarp refused, …

When Faith Falters

Dennis Voskuil

READ : Matthew 26:69-75 “I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of salvation to everyone who has faith” (Rom. 1:16). When it comes to the issue of faith, it is easier for me to relate to the Apostle Peter than to the Apostle Paul. For sure, like Peter, I know what it means to hide if not deny my faith. How often as a graduate student I remained conveniently silent as the core of the claims …