Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
To predispose our mind to welcome the Lord who, as we say in the Creed, one day will come to judge the living and the dead, we must learn to recognize him as present in the events of daily life. Therefore, Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously.
- Pope John Paul II
Thursday, December 24, 2009
N. T. Wright
"The Most Dangerous Baby" from Christianity Today
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt. To believe fully and at the same moment to have doubts is not at all a contradiction: [rather] it presupposes a greater respect for truth, an awareness that truth always goes beyond anything that can be said or done at any given moment…”
Rollo May, in The Courage to Create
Saturday, December 19, 2009
- Wendell Berry, from his essay Christianity and the Survival of Creation
Thursday, December 17, 2009
- Barbara Brown Taylor, from her book Bread of Angels
I haven't read this book by Taylor, but her more autobiographical one, Leaving Church, has some very good things in it. This quote is similar to the one I've put on another blog today.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
"Consenting to Consciousness" in Zealous Love
May I be careful to have my mind in order when I take upon myself the honour to speak to the sovereign Lord of the universe, remembering that upon the temper of my soul depends, in very great measure, my success.
- Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism (1669-1742)
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
“… It is the societal map of greed, lust, arrogance, fear, racism, domination, oppression, revenge, and injustice that [Jesus] wants to redraw. He wants his disciples to move mountains of injustice and make new rivers of creativity and compassion flow. He wants them to uproot the fruitless fig tree of dual-narrative religion and plant in its place a spiritual vineyard of joy and transformation. He wants his followers to do the impossible: to label as unacceptable, unnatural, and changeable a world where homeless children beg outside the sprawling estates of the super-rich … a world that could tithe its weapons budget and so feed, clothe, and shelter the poor…. Faith brings God’s creative power into our global crises, so the impossible first becomes possible and then inevitable for those who believe.”
McLaren, Everything Must Change, 300-301
The ache for friends is the one ache that did not come from sin.... God made us in such a way that we cannot experience paradise without friends.
"Spiritual Friendship" from Redeemer Presbyterian Church
The link above leads to a page where you can listen to the mp3 of this sermon.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
St. John of the Cross, Spanish mystic, friar, and priest (1542-1591)
Friday, December 04, 2009
Alan Roxburgh, in a blog post, 29.11.09 on the Roxburgh Missional Network.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), Seek That Which Is Above,1986
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
This is an interesting quote from Gould, who is perhaps better known for being his promotion of evolution in biology.