Ezra: A Biblical Hero

Since I still have this web address, I’m going to keep this blog and write about slightly different topics than what I discuss on the “Great Idea Blog for Children’s Ministers

So I’ll blog about things like what I’m studying currently in the Bible or just about anything else (humor, random thoughts, etc.).

Here’s my first comment about Bible Study – I’m looking at Ezra in the Bible right now. He is one of my Biblical heroes. I love the description of Ezra – he was one who both studied the Word intensely (in order to teach it) as well as one on whom was God’s hand. Think about that. How often does it seem that people think these two are mutually exclusive? Some people think that seminary somehow squeezes the heart-felt sincerity of faith out of young, aspiring pastors. On the other hand, some people think that seeking the living, active, touch of God’s hand in today’s world is too “spooky” and must be tapered with “sound learning.” I want to be bold enough to believe that we can have both (just like Ezra). We can have both the touch of God’s hand as well as a learned mind fit for teaching and observing the Word of the Lord. “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind.”

-Jesse

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Dr. Jesse Joyner travels nationwide as a speaker and entertainer. His primary role is that of a performing juggler spreading joy and the love of learning to family and kids events. H earned his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids - the perfect number for juggling children.

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