Like a cold glass of water on a hot day, like falling into a La-Z-Boy after shoveling 6″ of snow, like the first sip of coffee in the morning, Hebrews 11 is refreshing.
We’ve done some difficult work in the Book of Hebrews, so arriving at this “vacation destination”—the Faith Hall of Fame—refreshes and relaxes us. If you missed the sermon, I’d encourage you watch it. If you’ve already heard it, here are a few additional thoughts:
- The quote from Lisa Simpson’s teacher, Ms. Hoover, (“This is nothing but dead,white male bashing from a PC thug”) comes from the episode Lisa the Iconoclast. In it, Lisa discovers that the town’s founder and hero, Jebediah Springfield, was actually the murderous pirate Hans Sprungfeld. Sometimes our efforts to paint comprehensive pictures of biblical heroes can feel a bit like that—trying to uncover salacious, hidden details about upstanding, fine, godly people. In reality, however, the Bible itself paints full, detailed, often unflattering portraits of the majority of its characters. Since the bible resists hagiography and whitewashing, we should do the same. Moreover, many people point to the honesty of Scripture about heroes like Abraham, Jacob, David, etc. as a way to reinforce the validity of scripture.
- I had never realized before that St. Patrick’s missionary work was shaped and formed by being kidnapped. In light of that, getting blackout drunk every March 17 seems to be a uniquely unsuitable way to commemorate his death.
- One more time, in case you didn’t get to write it down the first time around: God doesn’t have a “permanent ineligibility” list. No matter how badly you’ve sinned, messed up, fallen short missed the mark… God still extends forgiveness and still has plans for you.
You can watch the full sermon here: