Is theology arrogance?

“Doing theology” often implies that we understand God better than the apostles or their disciples, and Jesus would really have benefited from a background in textual criticism. But has everything orthodox already been taught? Read the rest of this entry »

The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the well-meaning.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the well-meaning: it is for the desperate.”

– James Denney

Negativity of reform

It means very little to say that we need a new kind of church if we can’t show it to anyone. Otherwise, freedom from tradition becomes an excuse for freedom from obedience. Jesus came to empower us as well as to liberate us. Without his power, we aren’t free from anything. Until the church of Jesus is restored, we are in desperate straits, and desperation is appropriate.

Here I forsake all.

“Here I forsake wife and children, house and home, body and life, for the faith and the divine truth.”

– George Raeck, Martyrs Mirror, p. 646

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Our Pops, who art in heaven

Jesus thought of God as “Abba”; literally, “Daddy.” When the early Christians called God “Daddy,” it was an intimacy born out of gratitude and honor.

The infinite, awesome God is honored when his children love him without fear. But we want to love him without awe.

We don’t come to him as a small dependent child would. We come to him jauntily, careless of our need, careless of what he would give us if we would come to him as our Daddy.

When Isaiah saw God high and lifted up, did he pray casually, as we do? Could you pray casually, if you saw God?

What do you see?

Flying is not an option.

Pray not for crutches but for wings.

Phillips Brooks

Desperate prayer

“The best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything but a cry.”

– Charles Spurgeon