‘Who is the servant of the Lord?’ This was the question that the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ethiopia asked the evangelist Philip in Acts 8: ‘Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?’ (v.34).
President J.F. Kennedy once remarked that ‘when written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.’ Every crisis is, at the same time, an opportunity.
I have a picture sitting on the windowsill in my study of Bishop Westcott. It was given to me by his great-grandson in 1992. The nineteenth-century English scholar, Bishop B.F. Westcott, was Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University.
I brought in a boxing glove as a visual aid. I dangled the glove and showed how ineffective it was without a hand in it. Then I put my hand in the glove, made a fist and punched the air so that everyone could see the difference it made to the power of the glove.
I remember reading years ago about an incident that occurred on the Italian Riviera. A young man was driving his sports’ car along a road near the sea. It was a beautiful and scenic route. But the road was not what it seemed.
‘Men don’t come much tougher than daredevil climber and adventurer, Bear Grylls,’ writes The Sun newspaper. A former member of the UK Special Forces, his TV adventure series Man vs. Wild has reached an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 180 countries.
Sophie is an only child. Her mother had fourteen miscarriages before she was born. Her parents adore her. She adores her parents. Sophie is now in her twenties, and still loves to spend as much time as possible with her parents.
Over 100,000 people have been killed in the civil war in Syria over the last three years. In Iraq jihadists of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) have murdered thousands of innocent people (many of them Christians) and displaced tens of thousands of people (again, many of them Christians).