Classic and contemporary excerpts.
Squeezed Into The Mold
Americans love sound bites, which distill life’s complexities into pre-digested bits of information. Sound bites fit our frenzied life styles. We don’t have to slow down to read or listen or consider or think as we work up the corporate ladder, hustle through two jobs, or juggle career with our children’s schedules.… The frenzy of American culture is so pervasive even Christians get caught in the futile madness. Pastors have difficulty finding volunteers to staff vital ministries. Christians say the church makes too many demands on their time.… It’s as if the world is sucking believers out of the pews and into the maelstrom of materialism.
—Bob Chuvala in the Christian Herald (July/Aug. 1990)
Although the world tells us to be assertive, the Word tells us to be gentle.
—Florence Littauer in The Best of Florence Littauer
We Worship The Totally Other One
Worship is not just personal introspection, or we would worship our feelings. Worship is not even a warm glow, or we would worship that. We worship One outside ourselves. We concentrate on him, we praise him, we adore him, we hear his Word for he is announcing it to us. We listen in holy awe to the word of God, for it is a part of that “all” of Scripture which is given by the outbreathing of God and is personally necessary for “my” correction and “my” instruction in righteousness.
—Roger Palms in Living Under the Smile of God
Man always knows his life
will shortly cease,
Yet madly lives as if he
knew it not.
—Richard Baxter in Hypocrisy
Riverbeds, Not Jugs
Recently I was sent a picture of a jug into which water was being poured. The idea was that love, or whatever we need, is poured into us like that. ...1
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