I am Obligated, Unashamed, and Eager

I’ve enjoyed our transition and settled in to my new work at Pentecostal Theological Seminary. As I ponder the New Year the words of Paul come to mind:

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:14-16).

I am under obligation. The call of God places us under obligation to a world in need of the Gospel. Those of us who have embraced the call of God to preach the Gospel understand the words of Jeremiah: Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it (Jeremiah 20:9).

I am not ashamed. I am an unapologetic Pentecostal who believes in the divine inspiration and authority of Holy Scripture. Writing to the political and cultural capital of the ancient world Paul declared the superiority of the Gospel over the philosophers of Greece and Rome. The Gospel transcends time and all cultures. Jesus’ compassionate call to the distressed and dispirited has not diminished with time (Matthew 9:36).

I am eager. The fire of the Holy Spirit burns in my heart and I am eager to preach the gospel to you. Contact me. I desire to be a blessing to you and your congregation.

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