Customary Prayer

Jesus is running out of time. He has less than twenty-four hours before his crucifixion, death, and burial. He is running out of energy. The Son of God has already put in a full day, and as he approaches his date with the cross, he is already emotionally spent. His desperate condition is seen through the imploring of his dearest friends … More Customary Prayer

Evaluating the Elder

In the Old Testament, God used the terms prophet, priest, elder, judge, and father somewhat interchangeably. While God was Israel’s Chief Shepherd, he consistently provided sinful and redeemed under-shepherds to lead, protect, correct, and nourish his people. In the New Testament, God used different labels: elder, pastor, shepherd, teacher, priest, presbyter, and bishop were all used interchangeably. Again, there was … More Evaluating the Elder