We embrace cultures not (only) because we need to honor those who look different from us, not (only) to enlarge our own perspectives of this world, but to make ourselves better versions of who God has called us to be.
It reminds us that God is not bound to offer grace to the disbelieving rebels, although He has done so time after time. It reminds us that God may also speak judgment to those who close their ears to His grace.
The student inmates are, for the most part, never getting out of prison. But, they have committed themselves to spend the rest of their lives serving others in prison.
This reminds me less of complaints I’ve heard from others, and leads me to think more of a confession that I need to make. It is this poetry, nearly 500 years old, which rings in my ears in a new way.
The contemporary popular evaluation of Guy Fawkes is a great example of how iconic historical figures can become completely separated from their real-life inspiration.
Paul’s imprisonment has inspired other Christians to remain strong as they share the gospel story. Because of Paul’s captivity, the Christian community is strengthened: confident, daring, and without fear. How is this possible?