Heroes & Heretics: Donatus Magnus

Heroes & Heretics: Donatus Magnus

This week, we’re going back to the fourth century to study a human who was given the label heretic. His name is Donatus Magnus, and he was the leader of the movement that has been given the name “The Donatist Heresy.” As I spent time with the story, it captivated me.  The Donatus story is a story of trauma, pain, bias, and politics. At its core, the Donatist Heresy asks the question, “How far does forgiveness reach? How far must we extend it?”  

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Heroes & Heretics: St. Catherine of Siena

Heroes & Heretics: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena's story is one of God using the uneducated to stump the wise, and the weak to shame the strong. Her’s is the story of God using the lowly and powerless to nullify the high and mighty. But -- her’s is also a story of tragedy. A story of a debilitating eating disorder driven in large part by an unrelenting quest for perfection. She is a hero that the world couldn’t see coming, didn’t really know what to do with, and in the end, couldn’t be without. 

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Heroes & Heretics: Flannery O'Connor

Heroes & Heretics: Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor had a lot of the acerbic wit of Twain, and certainly wrestled with some of the same fears about the future. Being a devout Catholic, this writer wouldn’t abide me calling her a saint, and being humble and self-aware she wouldn’t abide me calling her a hero. But she offered something to me and many others that most great American authors couldn’t offer, something that repositioned her whole view of humanity and existence.

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Heroes and Heretics: Origen with an E

Heroes and Heretics: Origen with an E

Today I want to introduce you to a similar young man. Zealous and tenacious and, like Anne, familiar with tragedy from a young age. His name is Origen....with an E (05 Origen with an E). One of the greatest theologians in Christian history that perhaps is only rivaled by Augustine in genius and only by Anne Shirley in his imagination. More than anything what I love about Anne Shirley is that she is a learner. She and Origen share a ravenous love for learning and for books. And like Anne, his speculation got him into some trouble.
 

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Out of Egypt: The New Passover

Out of Egypt: The New Passover

On the very day of the Lord’s passover, Israel was saved from her slavery.  It was a night of deliverance not to be forgotten.  And for generations upon generations, the Israelites celebrated each Passover as a way to remember God’s promise of protection and as a reminder of where they came from so that they would never forget how they got out Egypt, Mitzrayim, out of the narrow straits, and into the wide and spacious land promised so many years before.
 
It was a day so profound — so unlike anything the world had ever seen before — that even the calendar would be re-written, and the years would be marked from this moment onward.  A new hope is about to burst on the scene. 
 
History is about to start over and a new age is about to begin.
 
Evil will be used for good, mourning will turn into laughing, sadness into surpassing joy. Injustices will be righted. Equity will be established. Righteousness will reign. 
 
Because God has come down.
 
This is what the Exodus offers as hope for a different future.

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