Classic and contemporary excerpts.
How else but through a broken heart
May Lord Christ enter in?
—Oscar Wilde in
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Catch The Music
Many people go through life as though they are wearing blinders or are sleep-walking. Their eyes are open, yet they may see nothing of their wild associates on this planet. Their ears, attuned to motor cars and traffic, seldom catch the music of nature—the singing of birds, frogs or crickets—or the Wind.… They may know business trends or politics, yet haven’t the faintest idea of what makes the natural world tick.
—Roger Tory Peterson in a
commencement address at
quoted in Time (June 17, 1985)
The current phrase “worship experience” merely serves to confuse us. Those who worship with the expectation that the act ought to generate certain experiences for them will undoubtedly have many experiences. But they will probably not be the sorts of experiences that Christian worship offers to those who seek only the face of God through song and prayer, preaching and sacrament.
Heading for forever
Have you ever thought that God’s great gift to us is time—time forever? When we are forgiven of our sin and cleansed from our guilt on the basis of Christ’s death for us—Christ’s paying our penalty—we are given everlasting life—a gift of time—a fantastic gift of time together with Him, and with all those who have come into the family of the living God. As we grow to feel more and more in life the limitations of 24 hours and the limitations of a seven-day week, and the limitations of a month and the fact that there are only 12 months in ...1
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