Category Archives: Quotes of the Week
Should we not see that lines of laughter about the eyes are just as much marks of faith as are the lines of care and seriousness?
Even though I do not always feel this way, these Scriptures remind me of who I am in Christ.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
Jesus calls us into partnership, to explore with him his purpose for life and humanity.
We see the reality of the world around us; we know the truth of Christ’s cosmic presence. We longingly look for the day when He will come again, and the latter will swallow up the former.
A little bit of disciplined historical imagination is all it takes to blow away enormous piles of so-called historical criticism.
Whenever you think too highly of yourself, consider these words from Martin Luther and recognize how foolish our pride is.
Our biblical story demands an offensive rather than defensive posture of the church. The world and all its resources, anguish, gifts, and groaning is God’s world, and God demands what God has created. Jesus Christ is the supreme act of divine intrusion into the world’s settled arrangements. In the Christ, God refuses to “stay in his place.” The message that sustains the colony is not for itself but for the whole world – the colony having significance only as God’s means for saving the whole world. The colony is God’s means of a major offensive against the world, for the world.
- Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, 51.
Have you never heard of a king who made a series of great feasts and bade many week after week? He had a number of servants who were appointed to wait at his table; and these went forth on the appointed days and spoke with the people.
But, somehow, after a while the bulk of the people did not come to the feasts. They came in decreasing number; but the great mass of citizens turned their backs on the banquets.
The king made enquiry, and he found that the food provided did not seem to satisfy the men who came to look upon the banquets; and so they came no more. He determined himself to examine the tables and the meats placed thereon. He saw much finery and many pieces of display that never came out of his storehouses.
He looked at the food and he said, “But how is this? These dishes, how came they here? These are not of my providing. My oxen and fatlings were killed, yet we have not here the flesh of fed beasts but hard meat from cattle lean and starved. Bones are here, but where is the fat and the marrow? The bread also is coarse, whereas mine was made of the finest wheat. The wine is mixed with water, and the water is not from a pure well.”
One of those who stood by answered, “O King, we thought that the people would be surfeited with marrow and fatness, and so …
The ‘inclusivism’ of the mission is precisely due to the ‘exclusivism’ of the Mediator.