Burning in our hearts

The boisterous crowd fell silent. They had gathered in the summer of 1536 to witness an execution, a man burned at the stake. He was just a little over forty years old, an Oxford scholar, and a felon facing the death penalty.

So what had he done?

All eyes were on the victim. Flames snapped and crackled as the wood at his feet began to be consumed. Soon the man, too, would perish in its flames.

So what was his crime? Continue reading “Burning in our hearts”

The laughter of heaven

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed . . . . He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill’” (Psalm 2:1-2, 4-6 NEV).

 Nepal has a new constitution which contains language about religion that has concerned some. Though it proclaims freedom of religion for the population, it also states that the ancient traditions and culture of Nepal will be protected. Some believe that phrase will permit preferential treatment for the majority religion and possibly lead to persecution of Christianity and other minority faiths. Continue reading “The laughter of heaven”