'Hebrews 11' Tagged Posts

'Hebrews 11' Tagged Posts

“SURVIVORS OF THE FOG”

In the final lines of Hebrews 11 – that famous “heroes of faith” chapter – the inspired writer hits the fast forward button.  He lists a roll call of people whose mere names bring to mind their heroic lives: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets.  Suddenly he stops listing the names – because there are so many. The writer simply refers to them as those who, through faith, “conquered kingdoms…shut the mouths of lions…quenched the power of…

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

1500 years ago the church father, Augustine, wrote his classic work – The City of God.   He compared the worldly “city” founded by Cain’s descendants with “the City of God” belonging to believers. 300 years ago an imprisoned British preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress.  It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from the City of Destruction to go to the Celestial City – that is, Heaven.  The book tells of all…

“WE AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!”

To the Christians at Rome, the apostle Paul wrote:  “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Paul does not belittle nor deny the sufferings of this present time.  In his epistles, he catalogs his own sufferings for the sake of Christ – beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, persecutions and hardships of all kinds. The great heroes of faith listed on the pages of Scripture all have this in common –…

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

1500 years ago the church father, Augustine, wrote his classic work – The City of God.   He compared the worldly “city” founded by Cain’s descendants with “the City of God” to which the descendants of Abel belonged. 300 years ago an imprisoned British preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress.  It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from the City of Destruction to go to the Celestial City – that is, Heaven.  The…

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

300 years ago, an imprisoned English preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from the City of Destruction to go to the Celestial City – that is Heaven. The book tells of all the hardships along the way, of people who tried to stop Christian from getting to the Celestial City – such as Apollyon and Giant Despair.  Others, such as Evangelist, Interpreter and Faithful help…

FAITH HAS A THOUSAND FACES

Faith has a thousand faces.  The famous “Heroes of Faith” chapter  (Hebrews 11) lists some of them:  Enoch and Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Moses and Joshua.  There are others we recall:  Jeremiah in his pit, John the Baptist in his dungeon, Paul, Athanasius and Martin Luther against the world. Add to those thousands the face of 27 year-old Meriam Ishag, recently sentenced to be hanged in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.  Married to a Christian, and raised…

“NOT WORTH COMPARING”

The Sundays after Easter are called the Sundays “of” Easter.  So today is the second Sunday “of” Easter.  It is as though the ancient church fathers did not want to let go of Easter.  In that little preposition, “of”, is a sermon that every Sunday is to be a little Easter. For Easter Sunday is always followed by Easter Monday.  We head back to work and the weary world and forget the glory of Easter.  Today, after travelling the path…