Ten years ago I published SURVIVING HURRICANES in response to experiencing Hurricane Frances in 2004 and the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It included an exposition of the Armor of God and the Lord’s Prayer, both helpful resources for surviving the storms of life. I am in the process of recovering from Hurricane Matthew which traveled up the east coast this past weekend after devastating Haiti.

Last Wednesday we decided to evacuate to Valdosta, Georgia with a view to returning on Saturday. However we could not find accommodation for Friday night in the area. Viewing the slow progress of the storm it became apparent that returning to hold Sunday services was impracticable as most of our congregation had evacuated and we did not know whether the roads would be cleared enough to get to the Chapel. After that decision was made we had to find accommodation for the weekend. There were no beds to be had in the vicinity, in Atlanta or South Carolina, because people were evacuating from Georgia and the Charleston area as well. We ended up in Asheville, North Carolina Friday and Saturday night after taking an hour and a half getting through Atlanta.

At each stage of the journey we were in touch with family, friends and neighbors through our cell phones. We are thankful for modern technology. While television gave us updates on the impact of the hurricane we were dependent on neighbors to let us know about our house. Managing stress on these occasions is a major challenge. Anxiety reigns supreme. Our imaginations run wild. We anticipate the worst case scenario. Will we have a home to return to? Would our garage be flooded? Will tree limbs fall on our skylights and rain soak all our family possessions and mementos? What will our yard look like when we return? What work and expense will be involved in cleaning up the mess? I was compelled to pray earnestly for the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control to manage the stress.

Our good neighbor reassured us that our house was safe but that we had trees down in our yard! Several members of the Chapel forwarded photos of our yard. Another good friend called and said that he had walked around the house and that it was sound. He said that have someone come over and take care of the trees. We also heard that the Chapel was unscathed except for a big tree that was uprooted in the garden.

We returned on Sunday after 11 hours on the road. Interstate 26 was congested with all the evacuees trying to get back to Charleston. It was stop and start for a couple of hours. Once we exited I-26 onto I-95 we could make good progress. By the time we arrived home it was dark. We could not get into our driveway for the fallen trees. We managed to find a way to our front door through the underbrush. The power had been restored and the house was as we had left it. We lost several trees including an oak, a large pine tree and a palm tree. Other limbs have fallen around the house and several are broken and hanging off other trees. A crew came the following night and cleared our driveway but there is still major tree work to be done and the yard cleared of debris.

We are glad to be home safe and sound after four days of travel and anxiety. St. Paul writes, “Always be joyful; pray continually; give thanks whatever happens; for this is what God wills for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).   I was continually praying for God’s peace in the midst of disruption knowing that we were not in control and had to remain calm. It is a hard lesson for us to learn. We are so convinced that we able to handle everything ourselves and our ego depends upon that illusion. Hurricanes remind us that God is sovereign and we are very weak and dependent creatures. God is faithful in every crisis and he will carry us through whatever the present and the future holds. In the meantime we must trust in him and his presence to sustain us and lead us on. Hurricanes are a part of life in Florida. We must not be surprised when they come, as they surely will. Is that not a true metaphor for life? The message of SURVIVING HURRICANES is as relevant today as it was when it was first published.



R.R. Reno is editor of FIRST THINGS magazine. His new book is an analysis of American public life. Here is an extract.

“Our country is entering a crisis. The once expansive, confident middle class is dissolving. Economic globalization has eroded the wages of middle-class workers. An ever-cruder mass culture normalizes dysfunctional behavior. People are either winners or losers, and there’s less and less in between.

…It’s a crisis of declining trust and stability, lost solidarity and permanence…A deep sadness comes when we realize, finally that we’re on our own, which is where secular individualism brings us in the end. Many now live without a Father in heaven. Political correctness denies them the patrimony of a workable cultural inheritance. For an increasing number of young people, there’s not even a father at home. A nation of orphans, literal or metaphorical, will not long endure.

…Will we seek to live in accord with the idea of a Christian society, or will we accept the tutelage of a pagan society?…By my reckoning, a false view of freedom as unimpeded choice and self-definition has led to a deregulation of culture more consequential than market deregulation… Today’s progressivism is waging war on the weak. Putting an end to that war is the most important social justice issue of our time.

We need to say, out loud and with confidence, that we’re best off when we live under the authority of the permanence of marriage, accept the duties of patriotism, and affirm the supernatural claims the church makes upon our souls.

….America is full of people who sense the poverty of our postmodern paganism. …And they don’t want to be swallowed by the administrative-therapeutic state, ruled by a remote meritocratic elite. They want their children to seek higher things, the surest way to escape the cult of freedom that makes them servants of today’s materialistic heart gods.

…But America is demoralized right now. Anti-establishment politicians win widespread support. A wave of populism is demolishing longstanding political coalitions. Polls reveal a dwindling of trust in mainstream institutions. Universities are terrorized by political correctness. Secular progressivism rules our culture more by default than because of widespread conviction. What seems like an all-powerful secular consensus actually churns with dissatisfaction.

Which is why, in this time and in this place, a relatively small number of Christians can inspire and reinvigorate the public imaginations of the disoriented majority. We can renew our society by restoring our voices as Christian citizens….Let us therefore take up our political tasks with cheerfulness, even if the odds are against us. We are called to do what we are able, not to succeed. Let’s do our best, trusting in God’s providence and confident in his final victory.”

(R.R. Reno, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, Introduction)



Today being September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, or Michaelmas, I celebrate the 49th anniversary of my ordination, which took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England in 1967. I was one among 35 to be admitted to Holy Orders in the ministry of the Church of England in that service. St. Paul’s was filled with families and friends of the ordinands.

On every anniversary I remind myself of the exhortation of the Bishop of London by reading it in the Book of Common Prayer. It was written in 1552 in Elizabethan language and is a solemn charge that would benefit all of us to understand the nature of the role of the Christian ministry. Here are some extracts.

We exhort you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you have in remembrance, into how high a Dignity, and to how weighty an Office and Charge ye are called: that is to say, to be Messengers, Watchmen, and Stewards of the Lord; to teach, and to premonish [forewarn], to feed and provide for the Lord’s family; to seek for Christ’s sheep that are dispersed abroad, and for his children who are in the midst of this naughty world, that they may be saved through Christ forever.

Have always printed in your remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to your charge. For they are the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and Congregation whom you must serve, is his Spouse, and his Body. And if it shall happen that same Church, or any Member thereof, to take any hurt or hindrance by reason of your negligence, ye know the greatness of the fault, and also the horrible punishment that will ensue. Whereof consider with yourselves the end of your Ministry towards the children of God, towards the Spouse and Body of Christ; and see that you never cease your labour, your care and diligence, until you have done all that lieth in you, according to your bounden duty, to bring all such are or shall be committed to your charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in Christ, that there be no place left among you, either for error in religion, or for viciousness of life.

Forasmuch then as your Office is both of so great excellency, and of so great difficulty, ye see with how great care and study ye ought to apply yourselves, as well that ye may show yourselves dutiful and thankful unto that Lord, who hath placed you in so high a Dignity; as also to beware, that neither you yourselves offend, nor be occasion that others offend. Howbeit, ye cannot have a mind and will thereto of yourselves; for that will and ability is given of God alone: therefore ye ought, and have need, to pray earnestly for his holy Spirit. And seeing that you cannot by any other means compass the doing of so weighty a work, pertaining to the salvation of man but with doctrine and exhortation taken out of the holy Scriptures, and with a life agreeable to the same; consider how studious ye ought to be in reading and learning the Scriptures, and in framing the manners both of yourselves, and of them that specially pertain unto you, according to the rule of the same Scriptures: and for this self-same cause, how ye ought to forsake and set aside (as much as you may) all worldly cares and studies.

…..and that you will continually pray to God our Father, by the Mediation of our only Saviour Jesus Christ, for the heavenly assistance of the Holy Ghost; that by daily reading and weighing of the Scriptures, ye may wax riper and stronger in your Ministry.



Rick Warren has recently reminded me that the number one responsibility of leadership in the church is to continually clarify and communicate the vision of the church. The leader of the church (AKA the pastor) must constantly answer the question: Why are we here? The job of the leader is to keep the church on track with the original New Testament purpose of the church.

When I first came to the Chapel as Pastor I convened a group of the present and past lay leaders to develop a vision and long range plan. Usually an organization has a vision and calls a CEO to implement the vision. In the case of the Chapel it was the reverse. They called me to be their pastor and we came up with our mission statement. As we have grown in our congregational life and new members have joined there is a constant temptation to expand our mission and try to do many things. They are all good things, but in the process we may lose our sense of who we are and why we are here. The leader can become the manager of all the programs and causes the church supports, and compromise his leadership task.

In my sixteen years as pastor I have felt the need to clarify and communicate the vision of the church. We are here to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are here to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are here to build up the Body of Christ which is the church. We are here to encourage one another in the faith to be servants of Christ in our community and throughout the world.

In the next five years we will focus on developing mature Christian disciples who will be able to compassionately respond to the needs of others. Our 2020 Vision text will be Colossians 1:28 “We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less.” (The Message)

If this is our vision we need to be clear about it to all who belong to our congregation. The vision should drive the budget. The vision becomes our passion and our prayer. We should eliminate programs that don’t propel the vision or activities that siphon energy from the vision. We don’t allow those who disagree with the vision or who cannot support it to undermine it. We don’t sponsor programs that obscure the vision. We continually clarify and communicate our vision to ourselves and to the world. We need to be clear on why we are here and not try to be something else.




British theologian Alec Motyer died recently aged 91. I knew him when I was beginning my ministry in London. He was pastor of St. Luke’s Church, West Hampstead at the time and would join us at our staff prayer meeting on Saturday nights. He was a noted Old Testament scholar who taught at theological seminaries in England. In a foreword to his gem: A CHRISTIAN’S POCKET GUIDE TO LOVING THE OLD TESTAMENT, Tim Keller writes about remembering Alec’s answer to a question about the relationship of Old Testament Israel to the church. “After saying something about the discontinuities, he insisted that we were all one people of God. Then he asked us to imagine how the Israelites under Moses would have given their ‘testimony’ to someone who asked for it. They would have said something like this:

We were in a foreign land, in bondage, under the sentence of death. But our mediator – the one who stands between us and God – came to us with the promise of deliverance. We trusted in the promises of God, took shelter under the blood of the lamb, and he led us out. Now we are on the way to the Promised Land. We are not there yet, of course, but we have the law to guide us, and through blood sacrifice we also have his presence in our midst. So he will stay with us until we get to our true country, our everlasting home.

Then Dr. Motyer concluded: ‘Now I think about it. A Christian today could say the same thing, almost word for word.’

Tim Keller goes on to write:

“My young self was thunderstruck. I had held the vague, unexamined impression that in the Old Testament people were saved through obeying a host of detailed laws but that today we were freely forgiven and accepted by faith. This little thought experiment showed me, in a stroke, not only that the Israelites had been saved by grace and that God’s salvation had been by costly atonement and grace all along, but also that the pursuit of holiness, pilgrimage, obedience, and deep community should characterize Christians as well.”




How are you at evangelism? An evangelist is someone who presents the Gospel to others and leads them to commit their lives to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. At my first church John Stott would give a simple outline in the form of an A,B,C, and D as an aid to evangelism: Admit your need of forgiveness as a sinner, Believe that Jesus has met that need by his sacrifice on the Cross, Consider the cost of following him as his disciple, Decide to commit your life to him as your Savior and Lord in a simple prayer.

While I have endeavored to communicate the Gospel in a multitude of ways over the years, e.g. by using Evangelism Explosion, The Four Spiritual Laws etc. I have never felt that I was good at evangelism. I try to be a faithful witness to Christ but I identify with Timothy whom Paul exhorted, “Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5). Obviously Timothy, who was timid, fearful and suffered from stomach problems, needed to be urged to be more evangelistic in his ministry. So do I. I too suffer from stomach problems when I have to confront people with making a decision.

The churches that I have served in over the years have not been good at evangelism. We have been good at nurturing and loving people and taking care of them when they faced challenges. We have been good at worship and fellowship. But I believe we have not been good at evangelism. That is why I paid attention to a recent post on the blog of Thom S. Rainer ( entitled, Ten Reasons Why Many Churches Aren’t Evangelistic. Let me share them with you with my comments added.

  1. They don’t really believe people need Jesus. Is Jesus just an option not a necessity?
  2. Evangelism is spiritual warfare. Are we willing to stand for Jesus in the battle for souls?
  3. It’s hard work. Are we lazy stewards of the Gospel or hard workers?
  4. Evangelism requires intentionality. It won’t happen by accident.
  5. Effective evangelism often requires we pray for the opportunities. Begin each day with a prayer that God will bring people in your path where you can be a Gospel witness in word and deed.
  6. Too many people have too many excuses. Do we leave it to others or assume they know Jesus?
  7. Too many churches are too busy to do evangelism. Do we have too many good things to do to reach out to others evangelistically?
  8. Church leaders are not evangelistic. If the pastor, staff, Governing Board members and committee members are not evangelistic, neither will be the rest of the church.
  9. Many church leaders and members don’t know the needs of their community. Are we aware of our neighbors and their needs?
  10. Evangelism is counter-cultural. If you want to be a people pleaser, don’t be evangelistic. Our culture hates the gospel that says there is only one Savior.

I am going to renew my efforts to “do the work of an evangelist.” Will you join me? How are you at evangelism? Let me know.



Alan Torrance

Alan Torrance, professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, engages the apostle Paul in a response to his letter to the Colossians.

Dear Paul,

So let me get this right! Everything is created through Christ, is held together in Christ and thus needs to be interpreted with reference to Christ. Is this to suggest that absolutely every facet of creation requires to be understood in the light of the Christ Jesus – that not only the church, but our world in its totality, gender relations, race relations, our attitudes to the poor, our systems of power, our businesses, our academic, civil and political institutions and that they do…. All this requires to be understood and rethought in the light of Christ the “head”?

And are you implying that to the extent that we fail to think in these terms we are “enemies in our minds” of Christ?

Now you’re going to have to bear with me, Paul, as I’m just a simple Scotsman! Can I ask for some clarification? First, do we really need Christ to interpret creation? Creation, after all, is something to which we all have access. Are you suggesting we don’t really understand it aright until we discern the full extent of the Creator’s love for it and commitment to it as he stands in its midst as the one crucified within it and for it?

And why precisely do we need Christ for our reasoning about the world to be reconciled? Are you suggesting that the forgiveness he holds forth sheds light on current affairs, on how we approach political and religious strife, the spirals of retaliation and revenge that characterize international affairs?

But can’t we have all this without your dramatic insistence that in Christ we have the whole fullness of the Godhead dwelling bodily? Isn’t it easier to think of Jesus’ place as a little more modest than you suggest, that is, more private, more spiritual and less questioning, less challenging… and less transforming, less reconciling, less liberating, even less relevant….!

I suppose the problem takes us back to the horns of the dilemma with which you confront us – namely, the Who question with which Jesus confronted Peter. Either Jesus is God, in which case all that you say does indeed seem to follow, or he is not, in which case, he becomes utterly irrelevant. Your letter is offensive because throughout, Christ compels us to front up to this. He graciously denies us the opportunity to count ourselves “moderates,” giving him a moderate place within our lives and understanding. Why is this difficult? Because this means we lose the power to moderate where he is and is not to be found in our lives and in our attitudes. And to be denied that power is to find ourselves questioned by him – and to be questioned by him in the most radical and in the deepest possible way. And that, Paul, seems hard, seriously hard!

You end your letter by asking us to remember your chains!

May Christ’s transforming presence liberate us from ours!

(Letters of Faith Through the Seasons, ed. James M. Houston, p.190f.)


Ted Schroder
Ted Schroder

The last two months I have been on sabbatical leave and vacation. Usually sabbaticals are longer. I have taken three months every seven years in previous pastorates. Each one has been different. One included a preaching tour in New Zealand, another attending various conferences, and one when I was on a research fellowship at Durham University. At different stages of my life and ministry there were different needs to be addressed. This time I wanted to develop a vision for the next five years for the Chapel where I minister and for myself, do some reading and praying, and plan for a preaching series.

I worked through a book by Will Mancini and Warren Bird, GOD DREAMS: 12 VISION TEMPLATES FOR FINDING AND FOCUSING YOUR CHURCH’S FUTURE. It is a practical guide to vision casting and goal setting. I came up with what I entitled, 2020 Vision for the Chapel, which identifies our strengths and priorities and provides an outline for our leadership to discuss for future planning. It is now in their hands and will be on the agenda for our next Board meeting.

After receiving an excellent report from my annual physical examination, listening to the Spirit in prayer, and discussion with my wife, I will continue fulfilling the ministry God has called me to at the Chapel as He enables me to be effective. I would like to see this 2020 Vision fulfilled.

During this two months I read nineteen books: 12 theological and devotional and 7 novels. They stimulated my thoughts and expanded my understanding of human life and God’s purposes. I read novels to enter into the world of others, to sympathize with their challenges, and to familiarize myself with their characters. This summer my favorite authors were P.G. Wodehouse and Frederick Forsyth. I had the pleasure to meeting Frederick Forsyth at my hotel in London last April. I determined to read some of his books that I had not previously read. When I was an undergraduate at Canterbury University I celebrated the end of final examinations each year by reading a comic novel by P.G. Wodehouse. I am always struck by the numerous scriptural references that he includes. I picked up a biography on him that I am looking forward to reading this Fall.

I am privileged to be married to a literary person. Antoinette is always reading and shared her reading with me. This summer she has been reading biographies on two authors of the nineteenth century on which she is an authority. She has a fine nineteenth century biographical library due to her interest in the Brontes. We had more time to discuss what we have been reading. She is a thoughtful conversational partner and we range over all subjects spiritual, literary, historical and political as well as our family concerns. She is my rock, confidant, and prayer partner.

I also worked on planning a preaching series on the Ten Commandments up to Advent, and in January a series on Twelve Questions Jesus Asked, taken from the Gospels. This will take me up to Easter.

There were many other activities, including travel, and preaching at Roaring Gap Chapel in North Carolina which I have done in previous years.

Finally, I want to give thanks to God for His protection on I-95. I always pray for protection on the road but never had it more evident than last Monday when a pickup truck hauling a contractor’s trailer passed me going beyond the speed limit. As it drew ahead of me and the car I was following the tires on the trailer blew out. The trailer swung around across our lane and nearly tipped over in front of the car ahead of me, then jack-knifed swinging the pickup truck to face in the opposite direction. It narrowly missed the car ahead of me and came to a halt across the two lanes of the interstate. There could have been a big pile up. Miraculously no vehicles collided and the pickup truck did not overturn. The drivers in the car ahead of me pulled over and were shaken up. There was enough room for us to pass on the shoulder. If we had not been paying attention there could have been a tragedy. Thankfully I am here to tell the story.



Every morning I rise early, make coffee, and settle down for my time with the Lord. This time is essential for my spiritual health, for the focusing of my priorities, and for the deepening of my relationship with God. I share it with you in the hope that it may encourage you to orient your life in a like manner and be a blessing to you as it has been for me.

I began this habit of a lifetime when I committed my life to Christ at fourteen years of age. My pastor introduced me to the Scripture Union ( method of reading the Bible. I have followed it ever since. I use their Encounter with God guide which takes me through the Bible and supplies a brief commentary written by an international and interdenominational stable of Christian authors. The method is fourfold: PRAY before you read the passage, asking God to help you understand knowing that he is the author and wants to speak to you directly through his Word; READ the Bible passage for the day; MEDITATE on the passage, writing in a journal anything that you have learned; PRAY again, asking God to help you live out his message to you. In addition to the passage I have committed myself this year to read through all the Bible. Encounter with God provides a One Year Bible Reading Plan of three chapters each day.

After the Bible reading I have a devotional book that I add to my spiritual diet. I will read a chapter in each one and thereby gain the insights of other Christians. Over a year I may read through many of these books on the Christian faith and life. Recently I have read Risky Faith by Susan Yates, Intersections of Grace by Susan Kerr, Letters of Faith Through the Seasons edited by James H. Houston and many others.

Finally, I like to read a book of theology or Christian philosophy. At the moment I am reading He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World by R. Albert Mohler. Similar books I have reviewed in my blog posts, e.g. It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies by Mary Eberstadt, Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule by Jonathan Leeman, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene H. Peterson, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest (Abridged) by Richard Baxter & Isaac Crewdson, Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by Dave Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons. This is a time when I can reflect upon some Christian classics which make me think through my faith.

Usually all this takes an hour. After I have taken in all this material I try to listen to what the Spirit is bringing to my attention. Listening to the Lord is an important part of meditation. I will sometimes take notes of what comes to my mind of thoughts and actions I need to take and apply to my life.

Then I spend time in prayer, either in my chair or during my morning walk. I begin with praise and thanksgiving, go on to confession, prayers for my life and direction, and then prayers for my family and friends. I use a Prayer Manual which is a monthly calendar of prayer for members and outreach ministries of Amelia Plantation Chapel, praying for about fifteen members of the congregation each day, and for the coming week of ministry.

This time has proved invaluable over the years in enabling me to keep fresh and focused on what God wants me to be and do. I could not have survived the challenges and difficulties I have experienced without this discipline. I commend such a daily practice to you. Let me know what you have found works for you which may encourage others.


A former colleague of mine always sends me a book every year on my birthday and at Christmas. This year for my birthday he sent me SMARTER, FASTER, BETTER: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, an award winning reporter for the New York Times, graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale. My wife sighed when she saw it. She commented that it was the last book I needed to read because my life has always been about being productive and at my mid-seventies I needed to read books about slowing down, and learning to enjoy leisure! I agreed with her but decided to scan it because I am a glutton for punishment.

I have always believed that if you can find one new thought from a book or article it is worthwhile. Duhigg writes anecdotally and draws principles from case studies. His chapter on Motivation identifies the need for purpose to energize one. Asking the question “Why should I do this or why am I doing this?” can motivate you to accomplishment when the going gets tough.

His chapter on Teams identifies the need for psychological safety and social sensitivity amongst a group to create success. That means listening to every team member and encouraging all to speak in meetings. The team leader needs to model that behavior. By sharing control we demonstrate that we are genuinely listening – repeating what someone has said, responding to their comments, showing that we care by reacting when someone seems upset or flustered, rather than acting as if nothing is wrong.

I came across a new term to me – “Cognitive Tunneling” – for becoming overly focused on whatever is directly in front of you, or by becoming preoccupied with immediate tasks so that you lose your ability to direct your focus. Instead, we latch on to the easiest and most obvious stimulus, often at the cost of common sense. He illustrates this by two dramatic airline disaster stories. To counter cognitive tunneling he advocates taking control of your attention by building mental models that put you firmly in charge. Get into a pattern of forcing yourself to anticipate what’s next. Decide what deserves your attention. The key is forcing yourself to think beyond the immediate.

The chapter on Decision Making is illustrated by playing poker. Duhigg uses it to encourage seeing “the future as multiple possibilities rather than one predetermined outcome: to identify what you do and don’t know; to ask yourself, which choice gives you the best odds. Fortune-telling isn’t real. No one can predict tomorrow with absolute confidence. But the mistake some people make is trying to avoid making any predictions because their thirst for certainty is so strong and their fear of doubt too overwhelming.” As Kierkegaard wrote, “Faith is possibility.” If God has a purpose for your life and the lives of your loved ones then there are all sorts of possibilities. Being locked into one only is a recipe for stagnation. I have been grateful for the opportunities that have been open to me over the years as I have entertained multiple possibilities. Too many limit themselves within narrow boundaries and miss out on God’s best for them to be productive in their lives.

Management books are contemporary applications of time-worn truths that can be found in the book of Proverbs and the teachings of Jesus to be good stewards of all that we have been given. St. Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving…Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 3:23,24; 4:5)