We Have Liftoff

Space ShuttleToday I’m starting a new blog called “Pass the Cloak.”

I’ve been itching to get back into blogging, and with the New Year just around the corner, this seems like the perfect time.

All my past posts from The Desert Chronicle and Life Under the Sun have been archived here as well. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to transfer all my old posts from Blogger over to WordPress.

The title of this blog “Pass the Cloak” is inspired by a story in 2 Kings. After years of hard and faithful ministry, the prophet Elijah finishes well. He is whisked away on a whirlwind and chariots of fire. Meanwhile, as the dust settles, we see Elisha left behind. He quietly picks up Elijah’s cloak, returns to the bank of the Jordan River, lowers the cloak, and experiences the very same spirit and power of God demonstrated by his mentor:

“Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, ‘Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?’ And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over” (2 Kings 2:14).

Elijah’s time on earth had come to an end. But his legacy and message would live on through his disciple Elisha.

That passage, like this blog, is a challenge for church leaders to effectively “pass the cloak” to the next generation. Our time is so short. As Paul told Timothy, we must “entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Who am I writing for? First of all, for men in our own church who are growing as leaders. I want an online platform for discussion. Secondly, for pastors of other churches — to encourage and equip them to develop leaders in their own congregations. Thirdly, for students in the CBU Applied Theology program. But even more broadly, for anyone on the web who has an interest in spiritual issues and Christian leadership.

I hope you’ll stop by regularly and join the conversation! You can also follow this blog by RSS feed or click near the top-right of this page to “Subscribe By Email.”

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2 thoughts on “We Have Liftoff”

  1. Good word! Just read that chapter about a week ago, what a great picture of passing the baton, and also asking for a bold request. 1, 2 Kings have helped me through some really tough battles lately, very grateful in this passage for the men who’ve invested in me, allowed me to walk with them closely and then cheered and prayed now from a distance!

    Hope to say catch up at the Christmas dinner tonight!

    Josh De La Rosa

  2. Hi Josh, thanks for stopping by the blog. Great to see you and your wife last night at the banquet. You’re right. We should be very grateful for those who have invested in us and walked together with us. There are so many people God has used to shape and prepare us for ministry. You and I have something else in common in that both our parents are in ministry too. An added blessing!

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