The Martyr and the Rooster

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#895: “The Martyr and the Rooster”
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October 1, 2020 ↓
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October 30, 2019
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Adventures in Odyssey Club: Season 7
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Matthew 5:9

9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

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The Martyr and the Rooster

“The Martyr and the Rooster,” an Adventures in Odyssey Club exclusive, is episode #895 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and was originally released on October 1, 2020.


A man arrested for his faith makes it his mission to keep the peace and share Christ in a Burmese prison.


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When Cooper Calhoun’s buddies find him carrying a Bible, he brushes it off, afraid to let on that he’s a Christian. It leads to a conversation with Pastor Wilson Knox, who tells him about a similar event that occurred during an uprising at San Wing prison camp.




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Discussion Questions

  1. Share your thoughts about "The Martyr and the Rooster." What surprised you about it? If you had written Thuza's story, how would you have ended it?
  2. In your own words, define "persecution." Why do you think Christians are often the target of persecution?
  3. Have you ever been teased for being a Christian, carrying a Bible, or going to church? If so, how did it feel? What happened next? Be encouraged by John 15:18-21 and Matthew 5:11-12.
  4. In the end, Cooper proudly declared, "I'm a Christian. We not only carry Bibles, we read 'em and tell others what's in 'em. It's what we do. And from now on, it's what I do, too." On a scale of 1 to 10, how boldly can you say the same about your own life? What would it take to move closer to a 10?
  5. Have you ever participated in national Bring Your Bible to School Day? If so, what do you remember from that experience?
  6. To keep the peace, Thuza made up a story about taking Ohnmar's rations. Was that a wise choice? When has God used you as a peacemaker?
  7. Read 1 Peter 2:19-21 and 3:14 together. Talk about Thuza's refusal to spy on the other inmates, as well as the unfair treatment he received and how he responded.
  8. Ohnmar concluded that, because suffering exists, God must be absent. What would you say to someone who believes that? How does the presence of sin in our world contribute to suffering? Take comfort in the words of 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, John 16:33 and James 1:12-18.
  9. Discuss Thuza's decision to lay down his life in light of Romans 5:6-8. What other options did he have? What do you think would have happened had no one confessed to starting the riot?
  10. Take a moment to thank God for sending Jesus to die in your place when you didn't deserve it. Then ask Him for the boldness to stand up for your faith and love others even when they don't deserve it.



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