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No Guts, No Glory 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

No Guts, No Glory

Glory is not bestowed; it is earned.


The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, a fighting unit of African-American soldiers led by white officers, stormed a citadel during the Civil War hoping to gain the fort against all odds. They were fighting for glory, and they got what they fought for. Today’s epistle reading refers to the glory of Christ. Was he, too, fighting against the odds? Where and how did Jesus find glory?



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Jesus, the Transformer,” February 15, 2015.


During Black History Month, it’s appropriate to look at a film that tells an important story — one that not only connects with the African-American experience in the United States, but also helps us understand an important theme in today’s epistle text from 2 Corinthians.

In 1989, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington starred in a film that was nominated for five Academy Awards and won three of them,...

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