What’s wrong with the church?

The problem with the church today is not corruption. It is not institutionalism. No, the problem is far more serious than something like the minister running away with the organist. The problem is pettiness. Blatant pettiness.

—Mike Yaconelli in

The Wittenburg Door

(Dec. 1984/Jan. 1985)

Don’t leave me, God

The soul that has once been waked, or stung, or uplifted by the desire of God, will inevitably (I think) awake to the fear of losing Him.

C. S. Lewis in Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

God and Mrs. Brezhnev

An amazing thing happened at the funeral of Soviet leader Brezhnev. Things were run to a military precision; a coldness and hollowness pervaded the ceremony—marching soldiers, steel helmets, Marxist rhetoric, but no prayers, no comforting hymns, no mention of God. I happened to be in just the right spot to see Mrs. Brezhnev. She walked up, took one last look at her husband and there—in the cold, gray center of that totalitarian state, she traced the sign of the cross over her husband’s chest. I was stunned. In that simple act, God had broken through the core of the communist system.

—George Bush, quoted in the Washington Post (July 18, 1987)

The flippant believer

I am disturbed when I hear believers say “Lord” thoughtlessly. Many Christians are guilty of making Christ only a figurehead while continuing to ran their lives just as they did before. It may be possible to fake the lordship of Christ now, but in the days when Paul wrote the letter to Romans, Lord was not a word used flippantly by the church.

—Calvin Miller in The Taste of Joy

Why, God?

Is not the question “Why is God letting ...

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