Ever been at the dinner table when someone broke the ice by asking, "If you could spend an evening in conversation with anyone in history, who would that be?" (The question is usually followed immediately by, "Except Jesus, of course!")
Well, for me, there are quite a few which always come to mind. Certainly the Apostle Paul--I'd like to know about the process of writing the holy scriptures . . . did he "know" he was inspired at the time or did the words just flow off then pen? Then Dietrich Bonhoeffer would also be on my list. The similarities to his country's culture and ours are astounding. How did he remain balanced between resistance to an evil government and still remain steadfastly Christian in his walk with God? When I hear that dinner question I often think of Lincoln and asking him about the dark days of the civil war so excellently described in Team of Rivals.
We do have much to learn from figures in history. It's true that "leaders are readers." So I'd suggest we amend that often quoted line with, "leaders are readers . . . of history."
While listening to Haven this month, I thought about that dinner conversation-starter. Charles Morris has been talking about (and with) Christians you should know. In fact many have been outlined in Warren Wiersbe's book, 50 People Every Christian Should Know (being offered on Haven this month).
The book includes members of the believer's hall of fame like:
- Matthew Henry
- Jonathan Edwards
- Fanny Crosby
- Charles Spurgeon
- D.L. Moody
...just to name a few!
These men and women are heroes of the faith. They're to be admired and learned from. An evening of conversation with any of them would be an absolute treat. And as we look back onto the landscape of Christianity, they are just a few of the mountaintop peaks who stand above the throng.
They were ordinary Christians doing extraordinary work. But they were disciplined, committed, determined and convinced of their work.
In fact, that sentence aptly describes what's coming on Haven later this month: a unique look at the men and women who will compete on the Olympic stage. Their extraordinary skills have also been honed by discipline, commitment, determination and conviction. No wonder the writer speaks so often of the Christian life in sporting terms like endurance and the finish line.
Their sporting lives will shine brightly for two weeks. But for those of us who follow Jesus, we seem to root just a little harder for those who have trained tirelessly to be the best, but also make clear they are committed to Christ.
Well, in the days to come, you'll hear Charles highlight the lives of our modern-day sports heroes. Some are propelled there because of their athletic prowess. Others because of their powerful testimony for Jesus Christ in that competitive environment. But in either case, as you know from years gone by, you'll hear conversation about the Olympic Games as only Haven does...stories of the men and women who hold the gold medal close, but their love for God even closer.
Also be on the lookout for special content in addition to the regular Haven features and commentaries. It just may be that someone we talk about on the program will be on your "conversation list" in the days ahead!
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