As news cycles go, the death of young adventurer-missionary John Allen Chau is old news but it keeps coming to mind. The story broke mid-November when Sentinelese warriors killed Chau on North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea 700 miles off India’s mainland.
This isolated tribe has historically demonstrated violence towards outsiders, yet Chau hired local fishermen to take him near the island under the cover of darkness, avoiding Navy patrols guarding restricted waters, then used his own kayak to reach shore.
A church member recently had knee replacement surgery, and his procedure reminded me of an experience from my previous pastorate.
A senior lady chose to have both knee replacements done in the same operation because she planned to bounce back as quickly as possible to care for her husband, whose health was declining.
I rushed from far upper Cherokee County to north Atlanta to pray with her before surgery. When I arrived, I discovered they took her early and her procedure was already underway. Her daughter was there and I prayed and visited with her.
After a few minutes, a receptionist-type walked in and said, “We have an observation room. Would you like to watch your Mom’s procedure?”
I was hoping she’d declined but instantly she said, “Yes, I would!”
Then the daughter said, “Come on, David!”
The employee led us down a hall, around a corner and into a room, where, on the other side of a large plate glass window lay her mom with one knee already open and the surgeon doing his thing. This weak-stomached pastor
Loyalty is the quality of standing firm in one’s devotion or allegiance to someone or something. Loyalty comes from the heart, not from a feeling of obligation or from a legal contract.
On one occasion, a lawyer asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind . . . And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39).
Recently, I participated in my son’s ordination service. Jonathan serves as associate pastor of worship and discipleship at Lakeside Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and his church ordained him to the gospel ministry.
Ordination to the ministry occurs in a worship setting and recognizes God’s call to ministry, the candidate’s commitment to follow that calling, and the church’s public confirmation that the candidate is gifted and qualified to serve in ministry.
My assignment? Preach the charge to the church, and I chose Ephesians 4:11-12 as my text: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles,