Classic and contemporary excerpts.
Lest We Forget
Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt in a proclamation designating
Bill of Rights Day
The number one cause of atheism is Christians. Those who proclaim God with their mouths and deny Him with their lifestyles is what an unbelieving world finds simply unbelievable.
—Karl Rahner, quoted in the
Wittenburg Door (June/July 1988)
Reading molds thinking. As I scan my shelves I spot those books other than the Bible that have influenced my personal thought and ministry, particularly my battle not to become secularized. Unless we maintain constant companionship with Christians who direct our thinking Christianly, we easily fall prey to the spirit of the times.
—Katie Wiebe in the
Christian Leader (Jan. 1987)
Loving God’S Way
We can risk loving as passionately as God loves. For we know that the love God makes possible is no scarce resource that must be hoarded so that it can be distributed in dribs and drabs—a little here and a little there. Love is not a rare commodity; rather, the more we love with the intense particularity of God’s love, the more we discover that we have the capacity to love.
—Stanley Hauerwas, quoted in
Context (Sept. 15, 1989)
Incarnation’S Awful Price
I would not choose the slums of Calcutta, India, for my vacation. There were extraordinary people who worked among the deformity and decay of leper colonies 150 years ago—that is not where most of us would want to live out our lives.
Multiply the distance between where we are now and those places by 1,000 and we still don’t come near the awful distance traveled by the Son of God in the Incarnation.
—John Sartelle ...1
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