Unsung

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And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah … the world was not worthy of them.
Hebrews 11:32, 38

In celebrity culture, there’s a very loose connection between fame and honour.  Fame doesn’t seem to need worth to justify it.  As historian and social observer Daniel Boorstin put it, celebrities are simply “known for [their] well-knownness”.

In this series, we want to talk about the unsung heroes of faith.  We take our cue from Hebrews 11, where most of the big names of Biblical history, like Abraham and Moses, get a lot of attention.  But what strikes us is how the chapter concludes; as the spotlight is just about to fade, the writer mentions a few more obscure names and simply says, “the world was not worthy of them” (Heb. 11:38).

We want to redirect the spotlight towards some of the lesser known Biblical heroes.  And maybe this will help all of us celebrate the unsung heroes in our own lives.  You know the difference between a celebrity and a true hero, don’t you?

series Scripture reading: the often neglected book of Hebrews, with special attention given to chapter 11.