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 »

I never in all my life was in a holy church.

“I never in all my life was in a holy church.”

– Fije and Eelken, Martyrs Mirror p. 484-485

Do you dare?

“Only those who have dared to let go can dare to reenter.”

Meister Eckhart

Join the cast-off little flock.

“But where you hear of a poor, simple, cast-off little flock, which is despised and rejected by the world, join them.”

– Anna of Rotterdam , Martyrs Mirror p. 453-454

Pioneering is a costly thing

“The whole history of the Church is one long story of this tendency to settle down on this earth and to become conformed to this world, to find acceptance and popularity here and to eliminate the element of conflict and of pilgrimage. That is the trend and the tendency of everything. Therefore outwardly, as well as inwardly, pioneering is a costly thing.”

T. Austin Sparks

Seek for the only joy.

“Seek for the only joy.”

– Soetgen van den Houte, Martyrs Mirror, p. 646-651

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?

Going to New Ulm

My mother just called me, tearfully.

She told me that this morning in St. Louis, Missouri, my grandmother passed away.

You can read about her life in my book Pathway: A Family History and view pictures of her at Elva Online.

She will rest in New Ulm, Texas, where Christoph Ashorn settled more than 150 years ago. She was his oldest living descendant. She always talked about getting back to Texas someday.