More than 100 years ago, G. K. Chesterton wrote about this romantic notion—the secret desire to be wrecked on an island. Why are we compelled by stories of deserted islands? Why is our first response, when we imagine people on an island, to experience a flash of envy? Even when we consider all the inconveniences and problems awaiting the deserted, we thrill at the thought. Why?
Lore Ferguson Wilbert:
There’s an awful division afoot and we like to think of it as a modern thing, never more necessary than in times like these. But it is a recycled conversation with different nouns and the same adjectives. The question is this: is it better to be realistic about how things are or optimistic about how they might be? The answers are varied, but they’re everywhere and all along a spectrum.
As we’re getting ready for season two of The Hero of the Story (which will be very different from season one), we’re re-presenting a few favorite episodes from the first run. This was a good, practical discussion on what we’re aiming to accomplish in a group Bible study.
So there are three common ways we mess up the church sign opportunity. If you have a sign and you’re at a loss for what to put on it, why not consider these alternatives?
I want at fever pitch the kind of audacity, boasting in weakness, and zeal that is biblical—not the showy, worldly counterfeit. This sort of boasting has a kind of rejoicing confidence to it. I can still see it, in my mind, on the faces of those Christians when they returned from jail and brought with them the prisoners with whom they’d been jailed.