The Miracle of Christian Leadership
A devotional commentary on Titus
By The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird
What a joy and pleasure it is to read the completed commentary of Titus by the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird. I am so thankful to God that He did not allow Ed to give up on the writing of this commentary. Otherwise, we would have been deprived of this precious jewel which so richly, vividly and passionately reveals the inner heart of God. God raised up Christian leaders in every generation to confront the pirate character buried in every human heart. God’s ultimate business is to transform “the deceitful, violent, additive buccaneers” in the pirate land into “trustworthy, peaceful and sober” members of a Christ-like community.
Titus was not a Jew, but Paul led him to Christ and identified him as “my true son in our common faith”. Titus’ new faith in Jesus Christ transformed him radically. Paul, recognizing the grace and peace of God in Titus, made a bold, courageous, visionary and strategic choice by sending young Titus to Crete as a missionary. It is in this context that God spoke to the pirates in Crete. However, His message is relevant to all of us in every land and in every generation.
“Pirates are waiting for us around every North American corner”. Ed speaks about his personal experience with the painful effects of piracy in the Anglican Church of Canada. He sees the churches in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world being stolen in the same way that Somalia pirates had “taken over a Saudi supertanker carrying over 100 million dollars of crude oil”. Modern-day piracy has effectively planted itself into the system of our churches. The pirating nature drains God’s resources endowed to the churches for purpose of mission. It carries out its desire to deceive, rob, and side-track us from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It sows false gospels into our lives. Ultimately, it destroys the church.
Ed’s passion is now very much focused on the call to minister to the lives within the Canadian Anglican Church in North America. Indeed, “if the wisdom in the 45-sentence book of Titus can revolutionize a pirate island, it can even transform a pirate continent like North America”.
I am so grateful to God for the miracle of the completion of this book. My reading of this small commentary with a huge gospel truth has deeply impacted me and encouraged me to continue my journey to serve the Lord and to preach the Gospel. I highly recommend Dr. Ed Hird’s book with a huge Gospel heart for the use of molding the leadership character of a new generation of healthy young leaders.
++Yong Ping Chung
Retired 2nd Primate of South East Asia and 4th Bishop of Sabah
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