All tagged Greatness

Salvation & the Silly Summit of Some Great Thing

A few weeks ago, I shared a few comments on the stunning story of the “overcrowding epidemic” that is currently happening on the slopes of Mount Everest. Overcrowding on Mount Everest betrays what our culture worships. We bow down at the altar of the impossible so as to be seen as the conquerors, the champions. We seek out the unattainable and unachievable goal in hopes of ascending the hero’s stage. Such is why the reckless Everest climbers serve as living parables of the human heart.

The Silliness of Some Great Thing: A Sermon from 2 Kings 5

A few weeks ago, I commented on the stunning story of the recent “overcrowding epidemic” that afflicted the slopes of Mount Everest. The mass of people striving to reach the summit is putting the climbers’ lives at great risk. What was once considered such an achievement that upon completing the climb you would be knighted by the queen herself is now being attempted with such frequency there are too many people trying to reach its peak. And so it is that our penchant to do the impossible exposes our foolish errand of self-salvation.

You Don’t Have to Be Great

Renowned Scottish philosopher, writer, and historian Thomas Carlyle once quipped, “The History of the World [is] the Biography of Great Men.” Carlyle, himself, was one of the leading proponents of the “Great Man” theory, which sought to explain the course of history by the impact of “great men,” or heroes.

There Are No Great Men: A Sermon from Hebrews 11

We laud them and praise them and, sometimes, to a degree, worship them. We call them the “heroes of the faith,” yet if you were to really investigate the course of their life, you’d quickly find that they’re anything but heroes. More often than not, the figures that populate the “hall of faith” chapter in Hebrews 11 are just as conflicted, corrupted, and confused as you and me. That’s because they are just like you and me: they’re sinners.