“The glory of self-realization and the misery of self-estrangement alike arise from hopelessness in a world of lost horizons. To disclose to it the horizon of the future of the crucified Christ is the task of the Christian Church.”

Theology of Hope Jürgen Moltmann (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993), 338

A friend sent me the link to this TED talk yesterday. The main thesis is that good leaders make their people feel safe. They fight for their people and consequently their people fight for them. Frankly, I’m not surprised that this type of leadership is so powerful. To my thinking, it’s woven into the very fabric of the universe.

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28

7 Bible Studies On The Patriarchs

Far from being models of godliness, they’re trophies of God’s grace. Time and time again these unworthy men rebel against God by taking things into their own hands, and time and time again God brings about his redemptive purposes.

Below are seven bible studies I wrote in 2010, complete with leaders notes. Since I believe in giving credit where credit is due, it’s worth mentioning that I couldn’t have written them without the help of Sidney Greidanus and his incredible book Preaching Christ from Genesis.