When Jesus sent his disciples out to spread the gospel, he told them, “I am sending you out like a sheep among wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Kind of a strange thing to say, isn’t it?
I read the local newspaper differently these days. Yes, I still scan the headlines and pull out the supermarket ads to make my grocery list. But then I head straight to the obituaries. Who do I know who’s left the land of the living in the past week? Former classmates . . .
Pastor Emmanuel Bileya is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria. He came to Calvin Theological Seminary to learn more about worship practices and resources, especially the Lectionary of weekly Scripture readings for sermons and observance of the seasons of the church year.
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