The Christmas Spirit (Even in Summertime)

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Service, Theology

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45) This builds upon our previous post. You can read Jesus the Suffering Servant In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer echoes Scripture’s teaching that Christ-like service is essential to our walk with …

Jesus the Suffering Servant

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Service, Theology

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even …

Hospitality Ministry (Part 1)

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Service, Wise living

Note: I wrote this before the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still need to find ways to practice hospitality in creative ways despite the troubles. Social distancing cannot mean social disconnection. My recent post about Dr. John Skilton, a life-long bachelor, reminded me how he preached and practiced the value of hospitality in evangelism. Some people who are not initially persuaded …

Thanksgiving to God for Dr. John Skilton

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Service, Wise living

Dr. John H. Skilton (1906-1998) was my professor and friend in Philadelphia, PA and I remembered him again recently with gratefulness to the Lord. Moisés Silva wrote in appreciation: “Few and far between are those who combine, as Skilton has, an unshakable and fearless commitment to orthodox Christianity in its Reformed expression alongside a most gentle and patient spirit.” I …

Jesus-like Love (Part 6)

Bob Roane Counseling, Service, Wise living

Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, evil, or injustice, but rejoices with the truth….I was overjoyed to find some of you walking in the truth, just as the Father has commanded us….Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (1 Cor 13:6; 2 John 4; Rom 12:9) Love was so important to Jesus that shortly …

Jesus-like Love (Part 4)

Bob Roane Counseling, Service, Wise living

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35) Coca Cola, Apple, IBM, FedEx, Nike, and McDonald’s all have famous logos. These trademarks make them easily identifiable, even if we can’t read …

Jesus-like Love (Part 3)

Bob Roane Counseling, Service, Wise living

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. (John 15:12-14) Max Dunn (1922-2017) was a retired executive and a committed Christ-follower. I never met Max, but what I’ve read tells me …

Jesus-like Love (Part 2)

Bob Roane Counseling, Service, Wise living

We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. …