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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Magnificent Christian testimony by Chinese dissident

Speaking of discerning God's work in the world, you can't find anything much better than this. The testimony is about 2/3 of the way through the article. My guess is that Mr. Yu has many more wonderful (and radically dangerous) things to say, but The New York Times wouldn't be likely to print them. Thank God they printed this, at least. Let's join in prayer for this incredibly brave brother in the Lord. God willing we will be hearing from him again.

Here is the link: be sure to look till you find his words--

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stephen Colbert's Christian witness

A friend has just sent me something quite remarkable that I completely missed. It's one of the most authentic testimonies to Christian faith from the depths that I've read in a while. In a New York Times profile of Stephen Colbert by Charles McGrath, we read this:

Colbert grew up in Charleston, where, for much of his life, the family lived in the George Chisolm House, a Federal-style mansion that is one of the city’s many historic houses. He may have been biologically destined to be an entertainer: he was the 11th of 11 children. He says now that most of his siblings were funnier. “My brother Billy was the joke teller,” he told me one morning in his office upstairs in the building where “The Colbert Report” is taped. It looks like a dorm room, with a “Lord of the Rings” pinball machine at one end, an elliptical trainer at the other, a Nixon campaign poster on the wall and a desk strewn with knickknacks. “My brother Jim had a really sharp, cutting wit. And the teller of long stories, that was my brother Ed. As a child, I just absorbed everything they said, and I was always in competition for the laughs.”

In 1974, when Colbert was 10, his father, a doctor, and his brothers Peter and Paul, the two closest to him in age, died in a plane crash while flying to a prep school in New England. “There’s a common explanation that profound sadness leads to someone’s becoming a comedian, but I’m not sure that’s a proven equation in my case,” he told me. “I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child, and my mother was instrumental in keeping me from being so.” He added, in a tone so humble and sincere that his character would never have used it: “She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us. What she taught me is that the deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain — it’s that the pain is actually a gift. What’s the option? God doesn’t really give you another choice.”

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Lin-sanity and Christianity

I don't always agree with David Brooks but sometimes, though he's Jewish, he gets the Christian thing better than we do. Today he has a column about the conflict between sports values and Christian values. In the second half, when he starts quoting a rabbi, it's less persuasive to me, but what Brooks himself has to say is right on target and worthy of serious reflection in our sports-crazed American culture.

A couple of Sundays ago, I noticed that the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church was having a sermon entitled "To Tebow, or Not to Tebow?" Wow, we Episcopalians have a lot to learn about sermon titles. I'm praying for these two young Christian athletes, that their witness might deepen and strengthen in the years to come.

Here's the link: