My desire here is to briefly reflect on the accounts of the New Testament authors and the deaths they died for the name of Christ. In particular, I want to draw attention to the lives and professions of these men before meeting their Lord, Jesus Christ and what could possibly be an implication for the way we think today. In the West, we would call this kind of living “radical.” Scripture calls this “normal.” Normal people, amazing transformation, normal faith in Christ, normal endurance, powerful God, normal truth, unashamed outcome.
“When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness. Don’t expect faith to clear things up for you. It is trust, not certainty.” – Flannery O’Connor
A year and a half ago, our family of five moved ten thousand miles away from home and everything we know and love. Our new home is high in the mountainous interior of a large island in the South Pacific where we are like children, learning to speak, eat, walk, and live all over again. The reason for coming to this place was to see Christ glorified where the gospel has not yet been preached. More