In my sermon this past Sunday, I encouraged all of us to consider the ways that we use the word “martyr” in popular parlance. Usually, when we call someone a martyr, we are referring to someone who may come off as a bit melodramatic, willing to perform (some) responsibilities and even act in sacrificial ways
On Sunday morning I preached about Luke 2:41-52. If you were in worship you heard me say it’s a story I don’t really know how to process. It doesn’t offer us a quick, easy lesson on grace or justice, and there are no heart-warming verses to memorize or tape to your mirror.
Do you remember the scene in Bruce Almighty where Bruce (Jim Carrey) is frantically driving down the road as he pleads for God to give him a sign? A flashing road sign blinks in front of him “caution ahead” and a construction truck packed with signs reading “stop,” “yield” and “road closed” cuts Bruce off.