Tertullian was an early Christian apologist who lived in ancient Carthage, what is now Tunisia. Mary and I spent a few weeks in Tunisia a while back taking in the history and beauty of this important center of early Christianity. Tertullian lived from about A.D. 155 to A.D 240, but his influence continues to reverberate among believers some 2000 years later. Tertullian left us, I think, the very best description of what hope is that we’ll ever find outside of the Bible itself. He said, simply, “Hope is patience with the lamp......