Teddy A Jones

Adoption A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Recently one of my esteemed colleagues described Christmas as a time when persons invent new ways to get into debt.  As we pause to reflect on the incarnation I’d like to suggest that we consider the notion of timing and grappling with knowing what is required at this time in our nation’s history so that […]

how to stand up for your faith

Hymn writer, George Duffield’s poetic prowess is matched by his theological soundness in the words, “Stand up, stand up, for Jesus; stand in his strength alone; the arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own: put on the Gospel armor, and watching unto prayer, when duty calls, or danger, be never […]

why should your defend your faith

Why should you defend your faith?  Can you defend your faith? In today’s Grace hour episode we address the issue of the defense of the faith. Marked by humility and a firebrand straightforwardness reminiscent of Jesus is Jude, the author of the penultimate book of the Bible.  Jude makes a strong appeal for the defense […]

how not to lead

Diothrephes as mentioned in 3 John verse 9 is a perfect example of how not to lead.  Dr. John Maxwell is widely quoted as saying that everything rises and falls on leadership…everything.  It is my considered opinion that Jamaica is in the clutches of a crisis of leadership.  This is evident is every sector of […]

Did Paul condone slavery in Philemon

The question did Paul condone slavery in Philemon is often raised by detractor of the Bible.  Here it is addressed as part of my series of messages for the Radio program “The Grace Hour” which comes on RJR94FM every Sunday morning at 7.15 and is produced by the Missionary Church Association in Jamaica. The constraints of […]

Philemon A Template for conflict resolution

GRACE HOUR MESSAGE FOR SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2014 Last week we opened reflections on Philemon as we continue to enjoy the five one chapter books of the Bible.  We celebrated love as identified by Paul in the life of Philemon and grappled with the challenge to adopt Paul’s self understanding as a Prisoner of Christ. […]

The surrendered Life Philemon Part 1

Having completed our meditations on Obadiah we move the series along by turning our attention to the next book the Bible containing one chapter, the book of Philemon. In this book we encounter Paul as a master communicator and influencer.  He presents us with a sort of template for dealing with conflicts and we are […]

The Great Reversal in Obadiah

This week the people of Jamaica will hopefully pause long enough to celebrate the pain of struggle, the inner fire of justice and the exhilaration of liberation which the freedom fighters experienced.  National heroes day invites us to reflect on the stain of human evil and the ways in which an essential part of what […]

warning against predatory evil

The charges brought against the Edomites by Obadiah form our reflection today, these are at verses 11 – 14: 13You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day […]

Obadiah: The grim side of evil

One of the features of the Bible is that it does not spare us the ugly side of humanity, the grim side of evil. Having exposed us to the folly of pride in the Edomites, Obadiah goes on to paint a picture of the darker side of the human heart. This is revealed when he […]

Obadiah|eternal justice and fidelity

This is part one of a series being preached on the Missionary Church Association in Jamaica’s radio program The Grace Hour, aired on RJRFM each Sunday morning at 7:15 a.m.  Be blessed and please leave your feedback/questions in the comments section below.  You can listen to the audio version here. Among the many interesting facts […]

Pride: The Enemy of God

Last week we began to explore the folly of pride. Obadiah identified pride as one of the character flaws that provoked the wrath of God against the Nation of Edom. We cautioned that pride disposes a person to self deception and presumptuousness, and that pride often leads to fool hardy conduct.  I am compelled by […]