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On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, sixty golfers representing over fifty-five sponsoring organizations gathered at The Neuse Country Club for a day of fun on the links. The event raised more than $35,000 for the ministry of Southeastern College.

Golfers had great prize opportunities on each par three, which included hole-in-one prizes. While no one took home the beautiful 2019, Kia Optima, which was positioned nicely, overlooking the tee box on hole number 3, many players did take home some terrific prizes. Joe Ange, Jonathan Ange, Lee Powell, and Jim Summerson took first-place and won with a score of 58.

Mike Morris and his Southeastern Cafeteria Team provided an outstanding breakfast followed by ribeye steaks and all the fixings for lunch. The sixty golfers who attended expressed their appreciation for the quality tournament presented. Tournament Director Steve Berry challenged the group to grow the attendance again next year, and he set a goal for 75 golfers and 75 sponsors.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s tournament which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2020. sfwbc.edu/golf

Exciting events are just around the corner at Southeastern College. Don’t miss out on anything.

  • Constitution Days – Thursday, September 19, 2019, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice will be our chapel speaker.
    • Justice Newby has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since 1983, and they have four children. He and his family attend Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh where he is an Elder, Sunday School teacher and, youth leader.
    • Learn more about Justice Paul Newby.

 

  • Annual Teacher’s Convention – Dr. Russ Moots and Dr. Danny Baer are sponsoring a trip for all of Southeastern’s education students to attend the annual NCCSA Teacher’s Convention. Southeastern’s teachers attend this great event every year.
    • On September 25-27, 2019, the NCCSA will join the GACS (Georgia Association of Christian Schools) and SCACS (S.C. Association of Christian Schools) to host the Southeast Christian School Convention at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Nearly 1,600 Christian Educators and over 100 exhibitors attend this very popular event.

 

 

  • Kid’s Fest – Bring your third through sixth graders for a day of kid-focused activities. https://sfwbc.edu/project/kids-fest/
    • It doesn’t take long in one’s calling of youth ministry to learn the importance of shaping the heart of children toward Christ. If we as youth workers really want to produce youth who live for God for a lifetime, our most significant advantage is to win and disciple children who will then grow into strong Christian teenagers.
    • On September 28, 2019, we are hosting our second annual Kids Fest. Your students will be challenged spiritually and have a great day of fun and activities on Southeastern’s campus.

 

  • Southeastern Benefit Golf Tournament –  Attention Golfers! Southeastern College invites you to a day on the links to benefit students.  Tuesday, October 1, 2019, over 50 golfers will gather at The Neuse Golf Club in Clayton, NC  (918 Birkdale Dr. Clayton, NC 27527) for a day of fun, fellowship, food, prizes, and support for our students. There are many great prizes including a new car!
  • Here’s what you do: Contact businesses, churches, foundations, and individuals and share the great work Southeastern is doing in the lives of students. Ask for their support and tax-deductible gift. Once you’ve collected $1,000 or more of cash and/or commitments, go to sfwbc.edu/golf and register using the form or call the college office at (919)365-7711.
  • Golf Tournament Flyer

 

 

  • Harvest Missions Revival -President Nate Ange invites you to attend Southeastern’s Harvest Mission Revival on October 14th-17th, 2019. Students who develop a heart for missions, that stays with them for a lifetime, is one of the goals of the Southeastern faculty and staff.  More information

    Monday, Oct. 14 @ 9:50 a.m. – Daniel Mann

    Monday, Oct. 14 @ 7:00 p.m. – Daniel Mann

    Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ 9:50 a.m. – Noah Taylor

    Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ 7:00 p.m. – Daniel Mann

    Wednesday, Oct. 16 @ 9:50 a.m. – Daniel Mann

    Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 9:50 a.m. – Scott Coghill

 

  • All Access Days – Bring your tenth through twelfth-grade students and recent graduates to Southeastern on October 31, – November 2, 2019, to experience college by spending a couple of days on campus with our students. Students will attend classes, chapel and enjoy special events planned with your students in mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t Let Your Church Get Left Out. Sign up as a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum sponsor today!

You are invited to participate in one of the most enjoyable days of golf you will ever experience. Southeastern’s Annual Benefit Golf Tournament joins great people, great prizes, great food and some pretty good golf for a great fundraiser for the students of Southeastern College. Your tax-deductible gift will be invested in the lives of some of the best young people in America.
Hole in One Grand Prize on hole #3 – Play for a 2019 Kia Optima
Hole in One Grand Prize on hole #11 – Play for $10,000 Cash Split ($5,000 to Winner and $5,000 Scholarship Fund)
Golfers are invited to play for free by soliciting sponsors and raising $1,000 for Southeastern.
A pastor may play for free by finding three other golfers who raise a total of $3,000 for Southeastern.

Platinum Sponsor – $2,500 (10 corporate signs on the course)

Gold Sponsor – $1,000  (6 corporate signs on the course)

Silver Sponsor – $500  (2 corporate signs on the course)

Bronze Sponsor – $250  (1 corporate sign on the course)

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
8:00 a.m. – Coffee, Chick-fil-A biscuits, hit a bucket of golf balls
9:00 a.m. – Shotgun start
12:30 p.m. – Ribeye steak dinner
1:00 p.m. – Awards ceremony
The proceeds of this tournament will be used in a special scholarship assistance fund. By the way, according to our calculations about 70% of the cash donations given will go directly to the college. The rest is used almost exclusively for golf, food, and prizes for the golfers.

DEAN’S LIST – SPRING 2019

(A Student Must be Taking at Least 12 Semester Hours & Have No Failures or Incompletes)

“A” Honor Roll (4.0)

Freshmen                                Sophomores                               Juniors                                      Seniors

Abigail Hair                                                                                  Grace Poston

Christina Sexton

“B” Honor Roll (3.0 & Above)

Freshmen                                Sophomores                               Juniors                                      Seniors

Allison Page                           Dakoda Addington                    Rebecca Wall                             Jessica Barrow

Robert Pendley                      Dail Andrews                                                                                Anna Holmstrand

Chassity Sexton                     Joshua Cox                                                                                   Arron Howard

Mihail Vacarciuc                    Jonathan Cribb                                                                             Hanna Poole

Kody Ward                            Lauren Cunningham                                                                     Joseph Taylor

Nikita Demyanov

Barbara Hair

Britt Harris

Erin Harris

Allison Holloman

Devan Sexton

 

 

In ten days, the first ever Youth Aflame North will begin at the Sandhill Free Will Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ohio. Students from Ohio and neighboring states will join together for a week of life-changing preaching from some of the most effective youth preachers in the country. College students who sing in the Sounds of Praise Ensemble from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College will help direct the conference through singing, fellowshipping with students and serving to make the event go smoothly.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR YOUTH!

This year’s theme is “Breakthrough.” Youth today are confronted with constant sinful temptations. It seems that today’s youth are presented with more addictive behaviors than ever before. Addictive behaviors trap youth and thwart their spiritual progress as they search for the call of God on their lives. This year, we are preaching for a breakthrough in all of our lives.

Youth Aflame exists to see a generation of young people be the light of the world. It is a gathering for 7th grade through high school students to come together to worship the name of Jesus. Through preaching, teaching, music, and maybe even some friendly competition here and there, your students will have fun serving the one true God. This is more than just a youth conference. It is a time when students will choose to dedicate their lives to GOD, desire to see HIS presence, and ultimately have a soul on fire for Jesus Christ.  Decisions will be made. Lives will be changed. It is time to light the FLAME.

 

 

 

Noah Taylor will kick off the conference on Monday night. He is the pastor of the Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church in Erwin, Tennessee. A native Oklahoman, he has a wit and humor that students will enjoy during his messages. Having lost his mom early in life gave him many challenges to overcome. Despite these many challenges, he was able to break through and find victory and is today living his dream of touching others for Christ.

 

 

 

Cindy Berry will speak to all the female students in a split session on Wednesday morning. Cindy was born in South Carolina and has had the pleasure of living and serving the Lord in many different states. Her engaging way in sharing how God gave her a spiritual breakthrough as an older teenager will challenge and offer hope to those who hear her.

 

 

 

 

Steve Berry will serve as director of the conference as well as speaking to the guys in a split session on Wednesday morning. Steve was born in West Virginia although he grew up mostly in Virginia. His most significant breakthrough came when he was met by a church bus captain who was visiting in Steve’s neighborhood. After attending church for the second week in a row, Steve trusted Christ, and soon his family began to change as one by one, they too, believed in Jesus as Lord.

 

 

 

Christian Powell is the pastor of Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC. Christian has experienced not only personal breakthrough but the breakthrough in the lives of hundreds of teenagers who he ministered to during his many years as the Youth Pastor of Faith Church. He has been used around the country as a favorite camp and youth speaker. Youth seem to bond immediately with Christian seconds after he enters the pulpit.

 

 

Nate Ange serves as the pastor of the Landmark Free Will Baptist Church in Cary, NC and President of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. Nate is the son of Dr. Joe and Hazel Ange who served the Lord powerfully in the Free Will Baptist movement. Nate has preached over 500 revival meetings and remains one of the favorite preachers of Youth Aflame South. Literally, hundreds of young people have surrendered to the call of God on their lives after listening to Bro. Nate preach.

 

 

 

 

Arron Howard is a native of Erwin, TN and a 2019 graduate of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. As a pastoral student at Southeastern, Arron had the opportunity to preach to youth around the country. His connection to students is almost instant, and his message is life-changing. While attending public school in Tennessee, Arron committed his life to preaching God’s Word. Today, he is doing precisely that. Arron serves as the recruitment coordinator at Southeastern College.

 

 

 

Southeastern Free Will Baptist College President Nate Ange announces a “Call for Resumes” for two full or part-time positions.

Teacher Education Professor

We are seeking a full-time professor for the Teacher Education department. This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with eighteen hours of graduate work in either math or science and the intention to complete a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction as soon as possible. Additionally, it is preferred that applicants have already earned a doctorate or education specialist degree.

Bible Professor

Southeastern is also seeking a full-time professor in the general areas of Bible, theology, or Greek language. A combination of two or more of these areas is preferred. We are willing to fill the need with a few part-time faculty, but would prefer someone in a full-time capacity. This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with eighteen hours of graduate work in Bible, theology, or Greek language and the intention to complete a doctoral degree as soon as possible. The ideal candidate will already have a D.Min. or Ph.D.

All applicants are encouraged to read and consider our Cooperating Board Statement (follow this link: https://bit.ly/2wrzaaV) to measure your philosophical unity with the College before pursuing these teaching opportunities.

Please email a cover letter expressing your availability and resume to Marc Holloman at mholloman@sfwbc.edu.

Financial Aid Is Now Available To Southeastern Students

Another step forward in the accreditation process brings financial aid approval to Southeastern. This past December, Southeastern was officially granted approval to accept financial aid. During the spring semester, our students applied and received financial aid through Pell grants and Stafford student loans. You may now click on the link below and begin your application for student aid for the 2019/2020 school year.

Financial Aid

The board of directors has worked diligently to keep Southeastern’s tuition as affordable as possible. It is the board’s commitment to making a Christian education a reality for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The board is thrilled that qualifying students may now receive as much as $6,100 per year in Pell grants.

Congratulations Class of 2019

Commencement 2019 was a celebration of what God is doing in the lives and hearts of eighteen graduates of Southeastern. The Sounds of Victory Choir began by singing, “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go.” From their seats, the graduates could be observed singing the words with tears puddled in their eyes as they each understood their love and commitment to Christ and willingness to go anywhere for Him.

You may watch the graduation service by clicking the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/southeasternfwbcollege/videos/2586977454710996/?t=343

 

Summer Renovations Have Begun

All four dormitories will receive new carpet during May and June. Last Wednesday, May 8, the new carpet began being installed in the first of 40 dormitory rooms. With the students moving our last Friday, demolition and carpet removal will begin this Monday. The carpet installers are confident that they can have the job completed in thirty days.

These renovations are directly connected to our successful end of the year fundraising campaign for scholarships and renovations. In February, 28,000 square feet of carpet was purchased at a highly discounted price. Director of Development and Donor Relations, Steve Berry, wishes to thank each of our 20/20 Vision Club Partners who donated to the End of Year Matching Gift Campaign. “This fall our students will arrive and be overwhelmed when they step into their newly renovated dormitories. A fresh place to study, sleep, laugh and pray will then be their home for the next nine months. It overjoys my heart to be able to provide this wonderful space for our students. 20/20 Vision club Partners, you are the best!”

$142,000 In Scholarships Offered To Current And Incoming Students

In combination with the End of Year Matching Gift Campaign and the Southeastern Alumni Association, President Ange was excited to share $29,500 in scholarships to nineteen students. These scholarships ranged from $500 to $2,000 each and were based on merit and need.

The Southeastern Promotional Department has offered a total of $112,500 in scholarships to potential students.

  • SACS Leadership Scholarships – High school seniors who competed in the annual SACS competition and won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in an event received a Southeastern scholarship for their effort.
    • 1st place certificate = $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at $500 per semester in the 2019/20 school year.
    • 2nd or 3rd place certificate = $500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at $250 per semester in the 2019/20 school year.
    • Note: Your SACS award certificate is your scholarship and must be presented to the college financial office to receive the scholarship.
    • Note: These scholarships are for your senior year in high school only and may not be added to certificates awarded in previous years.
    • Note: Only one SACS award certificate per person may be used for a scholarship in the 2019/20 school year.
  • Pastoral Student and Christian Leadership Scholarships Offered – Recently, over 50 scholarship certificates were offered to young preachers and Christian leaders who have distinguished themselves as Christian leaders among their peers.
    • Pastoral Student Scholarship = $1,500 scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded at $750 per semester for the 2019/20 school year. If you know of a young preacher who is considering preparing for his ministry with a Christian education, please contact Steve Berry at sberry@sfwbc.edu.
    • Christian Leadership Scholarship = $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at $500 per semester for the 2019/20 school year. If you know of a Christian young person who has distinguished himself/herself among peers as a committed Christian and is interested in Christian education, please contact Steve Berry at sberry@sfwbc.edu to request a scholarship on their behalf.

 

Financial Aid Is Now Available To Southeastern Students

Another step forward in the accreditation process brings financial aid approval to Southeastern. This past December, Southeastern was officially granted approval to accept financial aid. During the spring semester, our students applied and received financial aid through Pell grants and Stafford student loans. In just a few days we will be posting information for students to apply for financial aid for the fall semester.

The board of directors has worked diligently to keep Southeastern’s tuition as affordable as possible. It is the board’s commitment to making a Christian education a reality for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The board is thrilled that qualifying students may now receive as much as $6,100 per year in Pell grants.

Youth Aflame North And South

Youth Pastors and students are invited to begin registering now for Youth Aflame North and Youth Aflame South. This year’s theme is “Breakthrough.” Youth often make commitments to God only to be swallowed back up by complacency and worldliness. Yet, some youth make a commitment to Christ and follow through consistently for the entirety of their lives. Why do some youth seem to have a “Breakthrough” and others don’t? This year we will be preaching and ministering for “Breakthrough” at Youth Aflame North and South.

Youth Aflame North – Sandusky, Ohio – June 10-13, 2019 @ Sandhill Free Will Baptist Church

Youth Aflame South – Cramerton, North Carolina – June 17-20, 2019 @ Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church

Click on the appropriate postcard link to be directed to your Youth Aflame of choice.

Southeastern To Sponsor Summer Camp Week At Harvest Time Bible Camp In Summer Of 2020

Plans are being made for a Southeastern week of teen camp at Harvest Time Bible Camp on August 3-7, 2020. Your youth will enjoy a dynamic camp evangelist selected by President Ange and spending time with Southeastern college student sponsors. Youth camp is a place where students get away to a location with other youth and Christian sponsors where they can be challenged spiritually through God’s Word and spend time learning new and fun things. Harvest Time Bible Camp is a premier camping experience and is directed by Southeastern alumnus, Stephen Brackeen. If you are interested in a dynamic Christian experience for your youth at a location equipped with horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, and many other great activities, please reserve these dates on your youth calendar. Space is limited to 120 campers.

 

Kid’s Fest 2019 – Save The Date September 19, 2019

Make plans to bring your third through sixth-grade students to Kid’s Fest 2019 at Southeastern College. Last year we had a great time with kids from several youth groups. Come see Nicodemus, have a great lunch, hear a great kids sermon and play some great games led by our college students.

 

 

 

 

 

Each of our students would love an “A” average, but college can be tough and not everyone is able to reach that lofty goal. However, one area on campus we have been able to accomplish a consistent grade of “A” is in the cafeteria.

Twice a year a health inspector from Wake County drops in on us to measure the temperature on our food, determine the cleanliness of our tables, check the dates on our produce and evaluate our food service department against a myriad of standards imposed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. When finished, the inspector leaves us with a paper that we are to post for all to see. On it is our grade.

We are pleased to report that our grade has consistently been an “A.” Records show that for the past 10 years we have averaged a 98.5 with one inspection earning a score of 100! Brother Mike Morris, our Food Services Director for the past 17 years said that score cost him. “I promised the kitchen staff I would take them out for a steak dinner.” His offer for that elusive, perfect score still stands.

We realize that no one attends a college because of the delicious meals they will eat in the cafeteria. It is a difficult job with few words of thanks. After all, “no one cooks like Momma.” However, we are thankful to have Brother Mike and his crew of student kitchen workers who are faithful to provide food for our students and staff, day in and day out, while running a safe and sanitary operation. Please pray for this vital ministry at Southeastern.

 

 

 

By Mr. D.J. Pendley

Oh, how I love a good mash-up—the form of parody that juxtaposes caricatures from various hitherto unrelated works! Reimagine Romeo and Juliet, this time as Romeo and Julie Andrews as Maria(Shakespeare meets Rodgers and Hammerstein)! Or The Fall of the House of Green Gables(Poe meets Montgomery)! Or Waiting for Captain Nemo (Beckett meets Verne)! I could do this all day, but I’ll move on.

            Not long ago, as I was preparing a lesson for my adult Connection Group (or Sunday school), my fascination with Greek tragedy mashed with my fresh reading of the familiar I John (Aristotle meets John the Beloved). These two perspectives having collided, the ensuing sparks stimulated in me a reinvigorated meditation on I John 2:1: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (King James Version).

No Sin?

            No way! Is John the Beloved, now aged and nostalgic, losing touch with reality? His mind does tend to wander in circles of rhetorical amplification throughout his eponymous trilogy. And you’ll have to admit that some of those images in his apocalyptic vision are fantastical and incredible, yet I give them my full credence. I also trust the Holy Spirit, breathing through John’s words here, when He suggests the very real possibility of living without sin.

            John has just announced his thematic thesis for the epistle, a notion that he first heard from his best friend Christ, namely that “God is light” (I Jn. 1:5). Not surprisingly, the only way for us to “have fellowship with him” and with other believers is to “walk in the light” (I Jn. 1:6-7). I’m intrigued by the suggestion that we can sustain a lifetime “walk in the light”; but I’m surprised by the manner in which we can do so ourselves—“as he [God]” does in whom “is no darkness at all” (I Jn. 1:7, 5). As God does, we can tread the lightened pathway that has “no darkness”? None “at all”?

            As if anticipating objections from Romans 3:23 (“All have sinned”), John employs a typically Aristotelian tactic: concession, refutation, and reaffirmation. Though our very fellowship with God and His family depends upon the unifying DNA of pure light, we must concede that we have walked in darkness. What’s more, if we want to be honest with ourselves, we not only “have . . . sinned,” but we also “have” (i.e. possess) sin (I Jn. 1:10, 8). It’s in our spiritual genetic code. We can no more choose between darkness and light than can the color-blind unaided choose what clothes match. In our helpless condition, praise God, John offers aid through a process of forgiveness and cleansing, predicated upon confession: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I Jn. 1:9). Thus, we can “walk in the light, as he is in the light” because “the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin” (I Jn. 1:7). With the Clorox power of Christ’s blood, John refutes the apathetic hedonist who lives as though we cannot hope to enjoy victorious Christian living.

            Then John reaffirms his position in no uncertain terms: “These things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (I Jn. 2:1). “These things” consist of God’s holiness, our helplessness, and Christ’s help—the principles which not only enlighten our understanding but also light our walkway. So, it is possible and necessary that we sin not if we are to have fellowship with a sinless God and other sin-cleansed believers. This verse I judge the most shocking truth in all of Scripture because I find myself—just like Paul (Rom. 7:19)—too often wallowing in the shadowlands, rather than walking in the light.

            During my preparation for teaching the passage, I clicked on the Strong’s hyperlink to the Greek word for sin, and I encountered a most wonderful mash-up! The Greek word for sinis hamartia, or “missing the mark.”

No Hamartia?

            Eureka! In his Poetics, Aristotle infers several rules about tragedy from what he considers the greatest of all tragedies: Oedipus the King by Sophocles. It’s a story about a man who cannot avoid his fate, even though it has been revealed to him—a destiny that involves marrying his own mother and killing his own father. (Corinth being one of the key settings for Oedipus, doesn’t this plot put into perspective the enormity of the egregious sin Paul deals with in I Corinthians 5:1?) The fate of Oedipus is the worst that Sophocles and his audience could imagine. One of Aristotle’s many observations concerning the tragic hero has to do with hamartia; moreover, what Aristotle has to say about hamartiaoffers an interesting perspective on I John 2:1.

            According to Aristotle, a tragic hero must have a certain sort of hamartia (a shortcoming, i.e. “missing the mark”). For the audience to vicariously share cathartic pity or fear (the way that many of us enjoy a good thriller), the hero’s hamartiahas to be such that the audience buys into the experience. In other words, if we had the same misinformation, given the same plot points as the hero, we would make the same mistake; therefore, we pity Oedipus (sympathy) and experience his fear (empathy) when his hamartialeads to doom. In this sense, hamartiais not merely a sinful character flaw—it’s an unavoidable issue of plot and personality. The hamartiaof Oedipus is symbolized by his injured feet: Oedipus literally cannot help stumbling into tragedy because he is a Type A personality who must act, and he acts on incomplete intel.

            Now, with some textual liberty, let’s take another look at I John 2:1—“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye” have no hamartia! In other words, unlike Oedipus, we do have all of the information that we need (“these things”) to avoid “missing the mark”! Oedipus does eventually learn the full disclosure of his situation—his running away from adoptive parents only to kill his real father and marry his real mother—but too late to avoid tragedy. His wife-mother kills herself, and Oedipus gouges out his own eyes. If only some Paul Harvey had told Oedipus The Rest of the Story earlier in the play; then he could have—he would have—nullified the oracle’s prophecy!

            In a very real sense, John’s message, fully disclosing “these things,” allows a script rewrite! The “old things [the tragic scripts we are born with] are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). More so, John’s message offers a whole spiritual DNA rewiring: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will [to desire] and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

            When we believers choose not to desire or to do God’s will, it’s not because we lack the proper motivation or information; for “His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Pet. 1:3). On the one hand, do not suppose that I’m suggesting the ridiculous notion of a believer’s never sinning while robed in flesh! On the other hand, I John 2:1 does affirm that Christ’s blood not only saves us from eternal hamartia, but also sanctifies us from having to endure tragic lives encumbered by hamartia.

            So, when I read John’s notion of a Christian hero who has no hamartia, I envision Oedipus without his swollen feet, sprinting with full knowledge back to embrace his real parents—and not with a fatal blow or a wedding ring! I envision Superman without his weakness for kryptonite, Dr. Banner without his inner beast, Dr. Jekyll without his Mr. Hyde, Hamlet Jr. without his indecision, Juliet without her haste, Achilles without his heel. (Now then, you may object that these stories do not all fall under the category of tragedy. Indeed! Keep reading!)

No Tragedy!

            No doubt, you’ll agree with Aristotle that we don’t have much of a tragedy when the hero lacks hamartia. But this observation is my point. The victorious Christian life is not a tragedy (and it seems redundant to say so). Where then are these Christian heroes without fear of kryptonite, fully protected from head to heel? Unfortunately, some Christians have been duped into thinking that this life is tragic. They are hunchbacked, bent under baggage that God never intended, for His“yoke is easy, and [His] burden is light” (Mt. 11:30). Some Christians do not rise to the status of hero because they are entangled with materialism or other lusts.

            Even the real Christian heroes are hard to spot because we often look for them in the wrong places. We tend to look for towering giants, when we should remember the prayer warriors waging closet battles on their knees. There are also the unsung heroes who would never dream of flashing their logos across the horizon, heroes rectifying wrongs in quiet meekness. It’s equally easy to overlook the heroes who humbly stoop, putting their backs into the work of ministry and taking up their crosses daily. If these heroes would stand in their full spiritual stature, we would behold giants indeed, but Christian heroes don’t flaunt their own brawn. Perhaps, you see hypocrisy at nearly every turn, as do I; however, as I look all about me, I also see role models who daily defeat self and sin. Heroes without hamartiaabound! We just need to use our spiritual eyesight to spot them in the right places.