King of the Mountain (Part 4 of 4)

Today is the final post in my “King of the Mountain” series.  Over the past several days, we’ve been looking at man’s hunger for power and position, often attained at the expense of others, and how Jesus’ teachings run contrary to such attitudes. Jesus taught that “‘Anyone who wants to be first must be theContinue reading “King of the Mountain (Part 4 of 4)”

King of the Mountain (Part 3 of 4)

Today is Part Three in my “King of the Mountain” series.  The overarching idea here is that too often we try to elevate ourselves to positions of authority and influence at the expense of other people.  Today, we will be looking at and contrasting a couple of people from the story of the first ChristmasContinue reading “King of the Mountain (Part 3 of 4)”

King of the Mountain (Part 2 of 4)

Yesterday, I began a series of blog posts that explores the concept of “King of the Mountain”.  I explained that this was a favorite childhood game of mine and related it to the “games” we sometimes play, even as adults. Being “King of the Mountain” as a child meant that you had climbed the summitContinue reading “King of the Mountain (Part 2 of 4)”

King of the Mountain (Part 1 of 4)

One of our favorite games to play as kids was “King of the Mountain”.  While not one of us knuckle-heads was actual royalty, and the “mountain” was really just a small hill near my home in central Kansas, we would spend hours trekking up and falling down said hill.  The object of the game wasContinue reading “King of the Mountain (Part 1 of 4)”

Hospitality (Part 1 of 2)

“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw (Jesus) eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ ” (Mark 2:16, NIV). It bothers me when, in a social setting, I see someone sitting alone.  I’ve witnessed this on numerous occasions, evenContinue reading “Hospitality (Part 1 of 2)”