Christina Baxter

A look at the deaths of some ancient and more recent Christian martyrs, often neglected in our discipleship – to face the question, ‘why them and not us?’

This weekend we will lay a plaque for a Christian martyr from Uganda, Archbishop Janani Luwum, in the grounds of Scargill House and we hope that Bishop Colin Buchanan who knew Janani will be with us to reflect on his death. Some churches make much of the Christian martyrs whilst others hardly mention them – this weekend we will explore what we are missing if we ignore faithful sisters and brothers in Christ who have died for their faith and ponder how our discipleship may be enriched by remembering this cloud of witnesses.

I retired as principal of St John’s College Nottingham some years ago and have pondered this subject prompted by some significant moments when I have stood in the places of martyrdom, or heard the stories of ordinary Christians who were martyred.

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