“You could say I was successful, but success is such a fleeting, arbitrary notion. Who decides what it is? Who determines whether you’ve achieved it? Does being crucified on a dung heap outside the walls of Jerusalem, cursed as someone lower than the beasts, spat upon, and mocked as he cried out in agony, ‘My God, my God, why?’ constitute success? Or to ask the same question another way, what kind of power was Jesus displaying when He was crucified in weakness?”
Mark Chironna, On the Edge of Hope: No Matter How Dark the Night, the Redeemed Soul Still Sings. Minneapolis, MN: Chosen/Baker Publishing Group, 2022, page 155.
I am a husband, father, and grandfather. A small, town about fifteen miles west of Pittsburgh is home currently, though several other places have served that purpose before this. I maintain a YouTube channel of Bible teaching videos and a podcast of Bible teaching audio. I like to make things in my woodshop. I like taking photographs and use a lot of them in my blog posts. I go fishing in the local streams and lakes when I can. For thirty-nine years, I served as a pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.
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