. . . honor to whom honor is owed.
Early in Romans 13, Paul writes about the relationship between Christian people and governing authorities. It is noteworthy that, for as much as we hear about ruling authorities being tyrannical in our day and time, the government under which Paul’s audience was living was truly brutal, violent, and oppressive. There was little to no room for opposition. To live under the authority of Rome was to live peacefully and subservient—or else. Anything that threatened the all-important pax Romana was dealt with swiftly and surely.
Regardless of circumstances, it is inherent in our Christian walk that we give honor to those who earn it—to the ones who go above and beyond what we might expect in order to serve, or to otherwise make our lives more palatable and livable. With that in mind, I want to honor a few folks:
First and foremost, I honor my coworker and friend, Devin. Throughout the first five months of this year I have faced an unexpected spate of health issues. As a result, there have been many times when a need arose for someone to step in and perform the tasks that I normally perform (and often this has been last minute). Devin not only has been willing, he is also incredibly capable. We are blessed to have him with us. I am blessed to count him a brother and friend.
Similarly, my co-teacher David Satterfield has ably and enthusiastically stepped into the gap. David is a man of the Word, and a great brother and friend as well.
Lee Bradshaw, Keith Lyda, and Nathan Andrews are also to be honored for their selfless help in times of need. Each of these men has great gifts, and each is to be recognized for his openness and eagerness to take part in kingdom duties.
Thanks to all of these men for their support and encouragement. We honor you for your gifts and for our shared fellowship.