Most evangelical Protestants celebrate four to five special Christian days a year. Have we lost the importance of them? For example, today is Ascension Day, and the truths that are revealed are so important for the church to reflect on and remember.
Our culture is terrible with patience. We can't wait for anything! The fact is that patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. It's something that Christians should be praying for, especially when it comes to waiting on the Lord.
Looking out over the Aegean from Kavala, I thought of the prison that awaited Paul in Philippi, the riots in both Thessalonica and Berea, and the arrogant mockery in Athens. Paul’s intrusion on this ancient culture would be met with stiff resistance.
Have you had any embarrassing moments? Falling off a stage was an unforgettable experience for me. And the few hundred who watched it happen. And then there was that time on Mother’s Day. Our family had gathered in our living room after lunch to pay tribute to Mom.
I was 12.
Is your suffering any different than your atheist neighbour’s? Your New Age barista? Or your agnostic sister? There is a specific type of suffering that has to do with our faith in Christ, and I fear many of us don't experience it.