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 »

We must wake ourselves up!

“We must wake ourselves up! Or somebody else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown.”

– William Booth

Do you then take such pains to seek souls?

“Do you then take such pains to seek souls? Well then, go into the city, to every place, to the drunkards, whoremongers, swearers… these are still your brethren; go and seek their souls; Christ has found mine.”

– Hans van Overdam, Martyrs Mirror p. 486-494

Holy ignorance of our shining

Oh, for closest communion with God, till soul and body, head, face, and heart shine with Divine brilliancy! But oh! for a holy ignorance of our shining!

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Christians poking fun at themselves

There is a fair amount of humor on the Web at the expense of conservative Christians, but Lark News is the funniest I’ve seen – funnier because it’s written by folks who know conservative Christians. And who love them, apparently.

I haven’t seen the latest edition, but some of my favorite fake headlines included:
Jack Chick buys popular comic strips
Man resigns job to listen to talk radio
Smells of Palestine enhance Christmas dramas

Automating life in the city

Man’s trust in himself has drawn him to the cities, where you can have food by paying for it without having to pray for rain, where you can ignore God’s judgment on you because you spend all your time with others who are ignoring the same thing. In the Third World, millions are moving from the country to the city, creating the world’s largest slums. Not that there’s more food in the city; after all, you can’t raise much wheat on concrete. Though in the Western world, many people are now moving from the city to the nearby country, it is not necessarily in repentance or dependence on God. They keep the city in their hearts even while God’s creation is before their eyes.

The case for discomfort

I don’t want to hire a river guide who’s just like me, a nice guy who knows the river as well as I do, who never tells me what to do.

I want a river guide who is wiser than me, who knows the river better than I do, who’s willing to tell me what I should do.

I want to hear about the river, not what I want to hear. Or I could drown.

I would rather be uncomfortable and find the truth, than be comfortable and find nothing.

How little we then were in our own eyes.

“Let us constantly remember the days of our illumination, and how little we then were in our own eyes, when we humbled ourselves under the mighty hand of God.”

– Joost Verkindert, Martyrs Mirror, p. 848-863