Crib death

Many babes in Christ die in infancy because of their inability to live up to the impossible standards which are thrown upon them by more mature believers, who so often fall short in those standards themselves.

—James Sennett in

The Wittenburg Door

(Dec. 1984/Jan. 1985)

Inside knowledge

Religions, like languages, must be understood on their own terms, learned, as we would learn French grammar, from the inside.

—William H. Willimon in

The Christian Century (Jan. 28, 1987)

Borderline Christianity

There’s something comfortable about reducing Christianity to a list of do’s and don’ts, whether your list comes from mindless fundamentalism or mindless liberalism: you always know where you stand, and this helps reduce anxiety. Do’s-and-don’tism has the advantage that you don’t need wisdom. You don’t have to think subtly or make hard choices. You don’t have to relate personally to a demanding and loving Lord.

—Robert C. Roberts in

The Reformed Journal (Feb. 1987)

A leaky ship

If we lose the vision, we alone are responsible, and the way we lose the vision is by spiritual leakage. If we do not run our belief about God into practical issues, it is all [over] with the vision God has given.

—Oswald Chambers in

My Utmost for His Highest

Reordering priorities

As a child I was brought up to believe that it was not whether you won or lost, but how you played the game. Then, in the real world, I found that to be all wrong. There I learned you have to win to get anywhere, and it didn’t matter how you did it. But now, after what has happened to [my husband] Dick, I realize that my priorities in the so-called real world were all ...

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