It happens often when we are in church: at the time of the children’s sermon, my daughter is nowhere to be found.
The words “Martyrs” and “Memphis” at first glance might seem to be an odd pairing. We think of martyrs as biblical, ancient, and abroad, and Memphis as relatively young from a world history standpoint—a place for good BBQ and Blues.
Title: Experiments in Minivan Christian Formation, based on a true story
We know Oscar Romero because of his outspoken liberation theology, but that is not what marked the majority of his ordained life.
If you want a teenager to run away from church go ahead and teach them about the virgin saints. If you want teenagers to see the power they hold and the faith they can embody tell them about the the fearless arguers, the brave truth tellers, the rebel saints.
There is no moment on earth when I met Jesus in the flesh, but like Peter and Paul in this image, I too stand at his feet.