By Jessi Strong
AS A YOUNG CHEMISTRY GRADUATE, DR. D.A. CARSON PLANNED TO PURSUE A PHD IN ORGANIC SYNTHESIS AND BEGIN A CAREER IN RESEARCH. When his pastor asked him to assist over the summer,
he says, “I thought he had me confused with someone else. There were a number of young adults in our church who had decided to head into ministry. The pastor and I argued over my summer plans for close to two hours, and eventually I won. I spent my summer in a research lab.” Even so, the seed had been planted. Carson went on to become a pastor, author, seminary professor, and co-founder of The Gospel Coalition.
Few churches can trace their history directly to a passage of Scripture like Ethiopian Christians can. In Acts chapter 8, Philip, one of the twelve disciples, shares the good news about Jesus Christ with an Ethiopian eunuch he meets while traveling. The eunuch believes and insists on being baptized on the side of the road. According to church tradition, the eunuch returned to his home country and spread the gospel there.
During his short time on earth, Jesus coined many pithy turns of phrase. They’re exactly the sort of lines you’d want to lift if you were writing a speech. One of the most lift-able, at least for politicians wanting to project a sense of optimism about the future, is this from Matthew 5:14–16: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good.”