November 16, 2015

Leading with Justice and Faith

By L. Roger Owens
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Belonging to the Truth”) as an e-book.

Read 2 Samuel 23:1-7

These verses offer us an image for just, faithful leadership: “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” The night may be dark, cloudy, and rainy, but when morning comes the darkness disappears. How refreshing and enlivening is the clarity of such a morning! … read

July 6, 2015

A Life of Meaning and Purpose

By John Van De Laar
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

Read Ephesians 1:3-8

Our lives are not random. We inherently sense that our lives are part of something bigger than ourselves. This conviction lies at the heart of the letter to the Ephesians. … read

March 20, 2015

Deborah, a Model of Leadership

By Kim Cape
Editor’s Note: Because March is Women’s History Month, some of the blogs this month feature women in scripture and other women leaders throughout Christian history. 

When I was working on my Doctor of Ministry degree at Perkins School of Theology in 2001, I took a class on Leadership in the Church and Community. One of our assignments was to choose a biblical leader with whom we most identified or wanted to be when we grew up. Because I was determined to pick a woman, this turned out to be tricky.

I thought of the women who stayed at the cross with Jesus during his crucifixion and death. Certainly they were courageous. But they were identified as followers, not leaders.

I considered Esther, but when I reread her story, I realized she belonged to a harem. This fact was definitely downplayed in my Sunday school class!

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January 29, 2015

The Cost of Integrity

By Upper Room Books

Walk IntegrityThe way of integrity exacts a cost from those who follow it. Few phrases express this truth more succinctly than the declaration, “Well, at least I kept my integrity.” The speaker of these words has invariably suffered a loss — perhaps a job or public dignity or even health and cherished friends. He or she may also imply, “I held on to what I needed to. I kept the greater treasure.” Even so, the sharp edges of privation have sliced deeply. … read

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