- Douglas Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry, pp. 32-33
- N.D. Wilson, Death by Living
- N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God
- D.A. Carson, The Gospel According to John. Commenting on John chapter 4.
According to the Pew Forum, between 2006 and 2010 Christians faced some form of discrimination, either de jure or de facto, in a staggering total of 139 nations, which is almost three-quarters of all the countries on earth. According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, an average of 100,000 Christians have been killed in what the centre calls a ‘situation of witness’ each year for the past decade. That works out to 11 Christians killed somewhere in the world every hour, seven days a week and 365 days a year, for reasons related to their faith.
In effect, the world is witnessing the rise of an entire new generation of Christian martyrs. The carnage is occurring on such a vast scale that it represents not only the most dramatic Christian story of our time, but arguably the premier human rights challenge of this era as well."
For Lewis, ‘waking up’ is a way of describing conversion. The Christian life is all about wakefulness. Theology is a way of describing what we see when we are awake. Discipleship is all about staying awake…. Discipleship is all about the effort we make in staying awake.