Quote of the day
November 4, 2010
“Under the Eastern sky the gospel was first preached, and there was Jesus Christ as Lord first worshipfully esteemed. Jesus and Paul were sons of the East. The Amen of our daily prayers, the Hosanna and the Hallelujah of our songs, and even the titles Christ and Gospel, call our thoughts back again and again to the Eastern origins of our fellowship . . . . A gift of the East is the book that maintains an echo of the preaching of Jesus and his Apostles–the New Testament. We are accustomed to reading it under our Northern sky . . . [where] the great contents of the gold-shimmering letters are clear even in the dim light of the sanctuary.”
-Adolf Deissmann, Licht vom Osten, AB’s trans., 1-2.
Deissmann comments that our faith is rooted in the customs and culture of Israel and Greece. Oh, how I would love to travel and stand under those Eastern skies some day!