Hmm... October 2006

When I was an atheist, I used the non-sequitorial argument that I didn’t like God’s alleged traits (i.e. he allows suffering on a grand scale), so he must not exist. But what he’s like, and whether he exists or not, are two different issues. It’s like saying, "God can only exist if he’s the way I want him to be."

Brian Knowles

When we have completely renounced trying to make something of ourselves in the world…then we completely throw ourselves into God’s arms, take God’s own suffering in the world seriously rather than our own, and keep watch with Christ in Gethsemane. That, I think, is faith. That is conversion, and it is in this way that one becomes a human being, a Christian.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Letters and Papers from Prison

What is unique about the Christian gospel is that those who are called to be its witnesses are…forbidden to use coercion to enforce it. The toleration which a Christian is required to exercise is not something which he must exercise in spite of his or her belief that the gospel is true, but precisely because of this belief.

Lesslie Newbigin

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.

Robert Frost

If we Christians would take all the energy we put into proving we’re right and others are wrong and invested that energy in pursuing and doing good, somehow I think that more people would believe we are right.

Brian McLaren,
A New Kind of Christian

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
But neither are you free to abandon it.

Rabbi Tarfon,
The Talmud

It takes the whole Bible to read any part of the Bible. Every sentence is embedded in story and can no more be understood accurately or fully apart from the story than any one of our sentences spoken throughout the course of the day can be understood apart from our relationships and culture and the various ways in which we speak to our children and parents, our friends and enemies, our employers and employees — and our God.

Eugene Petersen,
Eat This Book

All human beings remain aware of God, guiltily, with uncomfortable inklings of coming judgment that they wish they did not have. Only the gospel of Christ can speak peace to this distressful aspect of the human condition.

J.I. Packer,
Concise Theology

What really counts in life is that at some time you have seen something, felt something, which is so great, so matchless, that everything else is nothing by comparison, that even if you forgot everything, you would never forget this.

Søren Kierkegaard,
Journals and Papers

We shall have to repent, not so much for the deeds of the wicked people, as the appalling silence of the good people.

Martin Luther King

There are more than 10,000 tigers kept as pets in the USA. That is more than remain in the wild.

British Broadcasting Corporation

New research from American academics suggests that cohabitation is not proving to be the stepping stone to marriage that many hoped. Instead, the researchers say, cohabitation is now simply an "intense form of dating" because so many live-in couples then split up: half of all cohabiting unions ended within a year and 90 per cent within five years.

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