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

Searching for George Fox

Many founders of religious groups would hardly recognize their modern-day successors. That would surely be true of George Fox, the originator of the Friends (Quakers) movement.
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Remodeling in Pompeii

Compared to the Kingdom of God and your part in it, does anything else you’re doing really matter? What should you do now? Should you turn off your computer? Weep? Repent? Click on a different link? Get a drink? We all have answers and goals. But most of the time, we’re answering the wrong questions, and reaching the wrong goals, like a Roman father in Pompeii who finishes remodeling the family room just before Mt. Vesuvius buries it in ashes. When we don’t know God’s will, we have to fill in the gaps with our own will and ideas. Or we can’t live. The alternative is to know God’s will.

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

I wish I were wrong.

Pro-abortionists like to taunt pro-lifers for being so sure of ourselves. But one of the most convincing things about our side, actually, is that we wish we were wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Plague-proofing your city

“If the good Lord sent the ten plagues of Egypt on New York City, I don’t think New York would even notice.”

- From a Garrison Keillor sketch

The Stanislavsky Method of Biblical Interpretation

The originator of “Method acting,” Russian theatrical director Constantin Stanislavsky (1863–1938), taught his actors not to ask, “How should I position my eyebrows, hands, and mouth to express this line?” but rather, “If I had a domineering father, an ambitious wife, and coarse underwear, how would I express this line?” Read the rest of this entry »

Nowhere else to go

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.

– Abraham Lincoln