When we were in the States last year for Dad’s funeral, Ruth preached a sermon that was so good it was published in an academic journal, in the same issue with renowned biblical scholars Craig S. Keener and Havilah Dharamraj.
If you didn’t get to hear it the first time, now you can read it:
“For Whom Will the Church Be Safe?” Priscilla Papers 37, no. 2 (Spring 2023): 18–21.
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The Hebrew phrase הוֹשִׁיעָה נָּא <hoshi’ah na> (more technically <hôšî’â(-n)nā’>) means “save us, now!” The phrase occurs in the Psalms. In later usage, the phrase developed a celebratory sense, in effect thanking God in advance for rescuing the petitioners or thanking God now for rescuing the petitioners now. I think both senses were operable on Palm Sunday. In the New Testament this was transliterated as ὡσαννά <hōsanná>.
As the Church celebrates singing “hosanna in the highest!” let us do so in celebration and thanksgiving — but let us also make room for those who are still crying out “save us, now!” and who are still asking “how long, O Lord?”
(The palm leaves in the background are on a tree beside our house.)
If you missed our June update via email, you can find a pdf copy here:
June 2021 update.
As for nearly everyone else, this year has not gone entirely as planned …
For a summary of our goings on for the first half of 2020, and pictures, read our July 2020 update.
Mara Rianta CCC (Community Christian Church), part of the Mara North cluster of CCC congregations along with Endoinyo Erinka CCC (we lived in Endoinyo Erinka in 2007-2008), is hosting a women’s conference. Mara Rianta is on the Mara River, on the road between Aitong and Kawai in TransMara.
(Photo credit: Wilson ole Karkar)
A year ago today, our daughter Shalviah, then 3½, came to us and proclaimed, “”I wanna go to KENYa and SEE my FRIENDS.”
A year later, we can tell her, “Soon, dear daughter, soon.”
Sam Ntinga Tome traveled to Enkewua in Tanzania to meet with CCC-Tanzania leaders regarding CCBTI. CCBTI’s campus in Ng’atataek serves the Maasai churches in Kajiado County in Kenya as well as in Tanzania. CCBTI is growing.
(photo credit: Sam Ntinga Tome)