What a paradox that a babe in a manger should be called mighty! Yet even as a baby, Jesus Christ revealed power. His birth affected the heavens as that star appeared. The star affected the Magi, and they left their homes and made that long journey to Jerusalem. Their announcement shook King Herod and his court. Jesus’ birth brought angels from heaven and simple shepherds from their flocks on the hillside. Midnight became midday as the glory of the Lord appeared to men.
—Warren W. Wiersbe in His Name Is Wonderful
Augustine’S Barbarians Or Ours?
We are at a point in history comparable to the one occupied by Augustine.… The classical vision had lost its power over people’s minds, and society was disintegrating.… Alasdair MacIntyre, who invokes the memory of that moment to illuminate our situation, adds, however, that there is one great difference between Augustine’s time and ours: then the barbarians were waiting outside the gates, but now they are already in the seats of power.
Lesslie Newbigin in Foolishness to the Greeks
The Greatest Christmas
Some businessmen are saying that this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was.
—Art Fettig in Quotable Quotations, by Lloyd Cory
Spirit As Life
Long before the term “ecology” was discovered by the environmentalists, Joseph Sittler employed it to suggest the interconnectedness of all of life. One of his more provocative images is that of a spider web—touch one part of it and all parts quiver. Just so, spirit cannot be separated from life, but must be understood and received in the midst of all of existence.
—James M. Wall in The Christian Century (June 18–25, 1986)1
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