Last weekend we flew from Crete to visit Rome. It was a great trip, made sweeter because 1) I felt well after three weeks of having felt unwell, 2) the weather was perfect, and 3) we encountered very few behavioural challenges that are sometimes prevalent in our midst (hallelujah; thank you Jesus). So - amazing city, beautiful experiences, happy crew. Success.
The Colosseum was a trip highlight... and it was also surreal. It's hard to fathom the scope of vice, terror, and injustice that occurred in that space. Thousands upon thousands died there - through gladiatorial combat (most of it forced, since most gladiators were slaves), through executions, through staged fights with wild animals. While grinning crowds cheered it all on.
Dark. Dark beyond dark.
While we were in Rome I was reading the biography of Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators. The read (while a bit lengthy) is inspiring, enlightening... and convicting. The Navigator motto is "to know Christ and to make him known," and if Trotman was committed to anything, it was to reaching people with the Gospel. Lots of people. Reaching them thoroughly and well.Read more