Tim Keller is one of my favourite thinkers and authors. He is has an incredible teaching gift and capacity to find just the right illustration for a particular point. This Sunday at our Evensong service I am using the quotes below as a mediation on Luke 24 v 44:
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Boston has written of then tragedy of the attack on the marathon there. He draws a connection between the inspiration behind the race and the 'marathon spirit' today. You can read his letter in it's entirety here.
We reflect on the meaning of the Marathon runners which, even though forgotten most of the times, becomes especially poignant in the face of today’s tragedy: the first Marathon runner was a herald of victory—he covered the distance from the battleground of Marathon to Athens in order to announce to his fellow citizens the joyous news: Νενικήκαμεν! “We have won!” Historians claimed that in the battle of Marathon the European civilization won over an empire that devalued freedom and democracy. It was a victory of humanity against the forces of evil and that mentality which depreciated the values of individuality for which the Athenian city-state proud itself.
Great video from CMS.
As a family we had 3 and a half years in the Philippines as Mission Partners with CMS. The organisation was in a state of change at the time, and we sometimes felt the adverse effects of that. However, there is a new Chief Executive at the helm and I’m hopeful he will bring the required leadership.
One thing that I was never in doubt about and that was the commitment and CMS’s Mission Partners and the importance of their ministry. This new video hi-lights some of the diverse mission work they are engaged in. It brought me great encouragement.