Without systematic and purposeful abandonment, an organization will be overtaken by events. It will squander its best resources on things it should never have been doing or should no longer do. As a result, it will lack the resources, especially capable people, needed to exploit the opportunities that arise. Far too few businesses are willing to slough off yesterday, and as a result, far too few have resources available for tomorrow.
Seventy-five thousand people a day become Christians, according to some estimates, and two-thirds of them live in Africa. These buoyant new believers do not carry around burdens of history such as the Crusades and the Inquisition. They experience the gospel as Good News and celebrate it in new and creative forms.
Philip Yancey, Christianity Today
The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
John G. Roberts Jr., U.S. Chief Justice
Most of us, maybe all of us, when caught doing what is wrong, resolve or promise not to do it again. Those resolves and promises serve us well for our first few years. But not for long. After a while they begin sounding tinny in the ears of our parents and teachers and friends. And then they begin sounding tinny to us.
But confession doesn’t sound tinny. Confession is a way out of the puny, self-deceiving, mulish contrivances we attempt in order to manage sin on our own. Confession is entrance into the vast world of forgiveness, encompassed with God’s deliverance and steadfast love.
Eugene Petersen, The Jesus Way, p. 92
Some of the artists of the golden oldies era are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers They include:
The Bee Gees How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.
Bobby Darin Splish, Splash, I Was Havin’ a Flash.
Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.
Johnny Nash I Can’t See Clearly Now.
Herman’s Hermits Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker.
Ringo Starr I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.
Procol Harem A Whiter Shade of Hair.
Abba Denture Queen.
Helen Reddy I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.
Leslie Gore It’s My Procedure, and I’ll Cry If I Want To.