Before I share Yancey's latest book and invitation details of the October Book Tour, I share briefly from his post on his August trip to India.
"India is an assault on all the senses," I've always said (pretty unoriginally, since many writers have said that, I think). That's how Yancey too begins his post about his recent trip to India:
"India assaults the senses."
I found the stories Yancey heard and reports of what happened in the Orissa killing of Christians (6 years ago) appalling.
"In the final hour before we left to head back to the U.S., the director arranged for interviews with some of the attendees who had been victims of a terror campaign by Hindu fanatics in the state of Orissa (now known as Odisha). In August and September of 2008, rampaging mobs burned around 6000 houses belonging to Christians, killing 400 and displacing 50,000 Christians, who were forced to flee to refugee camps. Even now, six years later, thousands of families in Orissa remain homeless. The mission has established a center of refuge for such trauma victims."
The witness stories that followed are pure horror.
My favorite parts of Yancey's travel essay were these:
"Speaking at Dr. Brand’s funeral in 2003, I said that we had an unusual exchange. While I was giving words to his faith, he gave faith to my words. Yes, he helped me with some of the intellectual issues. More importantly, though, he lived out the principle articulated by Irenaeus in the second century: “The glory of God is a person fully alive.”"
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind,” wrote John in the prologue to his Gospel. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” On my trip to India I saw clear evidence of both the darkness and the light.
I went away mindful of a principle Dr. Paul Brand once taught me—he who identified leprosy as a disease of painlessness: “A healthy body is one that feels the pain of the weakest part.” The same principle applies to the Body of Christ. May we never forget those who suffer for the light in a darkening world.
Yancey's entire is here: Darkness and Light in India
Yancey's closing lines stir me, deeply troubled as I am about our modern ecclesiastical tendencies to divisiveness. Yes, the Body of Christ is the worldwide body of Christians, visible and invisible. We must learn to love by understanding and valuing, cherishing solidarity and unity. I am looking forward to reading Yancey's stories, about how the "church" can overcome stirring up negative feelings, from his new book, Vanishing Grace.
Now for the Invitation: Yancey will be speaking in Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, Oct. 25th-26th. I invite you to join me on Saturday evening, October 25th. Here's details:
- Saturday, October 25 at 6: 30 pm (part of the San Diego Christian Writers' Conference which is on Oct. 24th and 25th)
- Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 8:30 am (morning worship service)
- Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:30 am (morning worship service)
30 minutes Session 1
15 minutes Break
8 minutes Worship
30 minutes Session 2
10752 Coastwood Rd
San Diego, CA 92127
|No registration required. Simply show up and enjoy! VIP tickets not available.|
Worship Leader: Anthony Evans (Real Life/Real Worship) - Read his bio here
Event website: http://philipyancey.com/event/vanishing-grace-book-tour-san-diego