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 »

This is our last pain.

“Let us fight valiantly, for this is our last pain; hereafter we shall rejoice with God in endless joy.”

– Joris, Wouter, Grietgen and Naentgen, Martyrs Mirror, p. 503

Real Christians don’t dance.

“So is this it? This is what it comes down to: real Christians don’t dance? Moses parted the water for this? Rahab tucked the spies away in her closet for this? Jael drove a tent peg into the head of Sisera for this? Jesus died and rose again, martyrs were sawn in two, and the Church has prevailed for almost two thousand years against the gates of hell so that Christians today can live out this ever important testimony to a waiting, watching world: real Christians don’t dance? ” (more…)

— John Fischer, Real Christians Don’t Dance

Do you like what God is doing?

God, in these days, is uncovering the mask of all creatures and stripping them naked. . . . He is annihilating creatures and bringing them to spiritual death. He is laying low mountains . . . even to a loss and silence, confusion and darkness, so that now their light is darkness, their wisdom folly, their life death . . . and now they are made to wait in silence as I was also made to do.

— R. Wilkinson (17th century, England):

True prayer must be aflame.

“True prayer must be aflame.”

– E. M. Bounds

Do you think we run on uncertainties?

“Do you think we run on uncertainties? …We forsake our dear children, whom I would not forsake for the whole world, and we stake upon it all we have – should we run on uncertainties yet?”

– Claesken, Martyrs Mirror, p. 613

Ruins or foundation?

The whole matter of finding the true foundation is made all the more difficult because these defiant weeds which have sprung upon it are called the true foundation by many; they, pulling to themselves the growth on top of the house ruins, declare, “This is the foundation and the way, all should follow it.” And with many of them we see that their new foundation sinks into soft ground, the floor settling at different levels. This shows the difficulty of finding the true foundation…

— Peter Chelčický, The Net of Faith, 1440-1443

Who will dare?

“Who will now dare say that I have lost my age and years? Who will say that I have lost my courage?”

– Algerius, an imprisoned Italian student, to his fellow noblemen who urged him to renounce his faith, Martyrs Mirror, p. 570-573