Addiction, Not Commitment
Many Christians are only “Christaholics” and not disciples at all. Disciples are cross-bearers; they seek Christ. Christaholics seek happiness. Disciples dare to discipline themselves, and the demands they place on themselves leave them enjoying the happiness of their growth. Christaholics are escapists looking for a shortcut to nirvana. Like drug addicts, they are trying to “bomb out” of their depressing world.
There is no automatic joy. Christ is not a happiness capsule; he is the way to the Father. But the way to the Father is not a carnival ride in which we sit and do nothing while we are whisked through various spiritual sensations.
—Calvin Miller in The Taste of Joy
As long as the devil can keep us terrified of thinking, he will always limit the work of God in our souls.
—Oswald Chambers in If Thou Wilt Be Perfect
No Heart Trouble Here
By blood and origin, I am all Albanian. My citizenship is Indian. I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the whole world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to Jesus.
—Mother Teresa, quoted by Ruth A. Tucker in Guardians of the Great Commission
When Language Shapes Actions
I sense that we are allowing business terms to creep into our language.… I am convinced that because language shapes our thinking and actions, we change the nature of the church and its leadership if we substitute business language for “body” language. An organism quickly becomes an organization if it is thought about that way.
—Katie Funk Wiebe in the Christian Leader (Aug. 1989)
I think the “low” church milieu that I grew up in did tend to be too cosily at ease in Zion. My grandfather, I’m told, used to say that he “looked forward to having some very interesting ...1
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