The pear tree outside my childhood bedroom window was a pretty thing, if somewhat pathetic.
It had the misfortune of an unusually small root-ball when my family bought it. One morning, I opened my curtains to discover I could see nothing but a dancing maze of green and shadows.
Right after Moses passes the mantle of leadership to Joshua and he in turn leads Israel into the Promise Land, a strange interlude is recorded.
Most Christians have heard of Jim Elliot, and those who aren’t Christians are usually able to summon up a few details about him — “Isn’t that the guy who tried to contact a secluded native people group somewhere in South American and got killed?” — even if they view him as an anthropological disruption rather than a hero of the faith.
Pastor Matt Marcantonio described a poignant moment in his early church career, one that later defined his revolution in responding to the generation gap.
As Christians, we’re more or less told that being fearful of death is sinful. Look at the great martyrs of the faith who boldly stepped up to the plate! Shame on you for shrinking back even a teensy bit!
With much of the world in quarantine thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, this Easter has the potential to look quite different for many of us.