Hmm... December 2009

Our plight was hopeless. No amount of New Year’s resolutions, pious good intentions or attempts to drag our moral and spiritual lives Godward was ever going to amount to anything. When we were complete, abject and utter failures, God moved. God in Christ entered the direst pit of corruptible humanity. Christ laid hold of lost humankind in order to offer us "holy and blameless before him in love" (Ephesians 1:4).

Andrew Purves,
The Crucifixion of Ministry

If it is painful for you to criticize your friends you are safe in doing it; if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.

Alice Duer Miller

If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.

Chinese proverb

Why are large champagne bottles given biblical names? According to champagne expert Francois Bonai, winemakers in Bordeaux have been using the name "Jeroboam" for the four-bottle size since at least 1725. It is presumed they selected the name because Jeroboam, who ruled Israel from 931-910 B.C. is referred to as "a man of great worth." The practice was continued with other kings and patriarchs: Rehoboam (six bottles), Methuselah (12 bottles), Balthazar (16 bottles) and Nebuchadnezzar (20 bottles).

At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look. At 45 they are caves in which we hide.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.

Elie Weisel

Accept that some days you are the
pigeon and some days the statue.

It seems to me that we would be able to avoid the overly romantic sentimentalizing of Christmas if we remember that it is more fully a festival of the Father, the One who gave us the unfathomable gift of his Son. Christmas is not a cute baby in a cozy stable, but the harsh reality that God, the Creator of the whole universe, so condescended as to give us his Son as a creature in the flesh. Imagine if a shoemaker would become a shoe!

Marva Dawn,
The Unnecessary Pastor

This is the way in which we are surely to interpret the Incarnation, in which God has drawn so near to man and drawn man so near to himself in Jesus that they are perfectly at one.

Thomas Torrance,
The Mediation of Christ

In Jesus Christ, God himself has become the "neighbor" to Adam through his own humanity. The incarnation is the embodiment of God as the true form of humanity.

Ray Anderson,
The Shape of Practical Theology

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