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 »

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

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

Excuses are disguises.

“How shall I feel at the judgment, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride?”

W. E. Sangster

The Spirit desires a vacuum.

“The average Christian is so cold and so contented with His wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.”

A.W. Tozer

Beyond reality-based politics

‘The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernable reality.”…’

‘ “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities…” ‘

— Ron Suskind, quoting a senior advisor to President Bush, in the New York Times magazine, 10/17/2004

The case against calmness

Calmness is common among those who are ignorant of impending disaster or approaching victory.

Calmness would be appropriate if there were nothing at stake.

Some Christians have said “faith is not a feeling” too many times. They mock spiritual passion and praise religious niceness.

Though the apostle Paul groaned, and all creation groans, we feel we don’t need to.

Calmness is appropriate for those who are not in love. Passion is appropriate for those who are in love.

Trembling in church

“They will never accept grace until they tremble before a just and holy Law.”

— Charles Spurgeon