Hmm... April-May 2012

We of the evangelical fold are much more easily persuaded to pray all night for God to do a miracle than to put on our work clothes and help a neighbor.

A.W. Tozer

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.

Gerald R. Ford

The local congregation is the primary place for dealing with the particulars and people we live with. As created and sustained by the Holy Spirit, it is insistently local and personal. Unfortunately, the more popular American church strategies in respect to congregation are not friendly to the local and the personal. The American way with its penchant for catchy slogans and stirring visions denigrates the local, and its programmatic ways of dealing with people erode the personal, replacing intimacies with functions. The North American church at present is conspicuous for replacing the Jesus way with the American Way. For Christians who are serious about following Jesus by understanding and pursuing the ways that Jesus is the Way, this deconstruction of the Christian congregation is particularly distressing and a looming distraction from the Way of Jesus.

Eugene Peterson

Church sign: Why didn't Noah swat the two mosquitoes?You have to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Abraham Lincoln

A friend recently told me of being in a church where on a Sunday morning a young couple stood before the congregation and confessed to sexual intercourse, made evident by the ensuing pregnancy. What is significant about this episode is that we rarely demand this type of confession for other sins. Rarely does one hear of public confessions for racism, unethical practices in business, economic exploitation, or cheating on an exam or income tax. The church has at times made sex a stand-apart sin by its forms of discipline and tone of condemnation.

Dennis Hollinger,
The Meaning of Sex

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Park on driveways and drive on parkways? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.


How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.

George MacDonald

(W)hile science is on a quest for knowing truth, it can’t tell us the whole truth, because it doesn’t ask all the questions. Religious faith, in its quest for truth, doesn’t ask all the questions either, but it asks different questions. Science doesn’t negate the validity of faith, nor does faith negate the validity of science. They seek truth from different points of view.

Dean Nelson and Karl Giberson,
Quantum Leap

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