Classic & Contemporary Excerpts from April 29, 1991

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Misplaced Trust

The trend of government is to undergird us with material securities from the cradle to the grave, providing all kinds of insurances—health, old-age, education, unemployment and so on. In addition, we insure ourselves against fire, earthquake, hurricane, accident and old-age. These safeguards are not wrong, but they can very easily become a serious hindrance to our complete trust in God. Undoubtedly, if our debts are paid and our refrigerator full, if we have money in the bank, we have the tendency to feel secure in ourselves and to sense our need of God less. Herein lies the danger.

My greatest need is to feel and know my need of God every hour.

C. Stacey Woods in Some Ways of God

Battle in the womb

In 1991, one out of every three preborn babies will be brutally killed. It’s more dangerous to be in the womb than on the front lines of battle.

—Sheryl Chandler in a letter to the editor in the Charlotte Observer (Jan. 31, 1991)

End of discussion

Old gossip may … be immoral, a means of locking another person in the past, tying a person to a past sin in a way that is anything but Christian.… Forgiveness means, in great part, that the forgiven sin is no longer the subject of continued conversation.

—William H. Willimon in the Christian Century (Oct. 31, 1990)

The real difference

I certainly insist on the importance of the whole man, the entire self. But if the church does not know what the intellectual differences are, she will readily fail to understand differences all the way down the line. In short, if the difference between a drug culture and Christianity is only that Christianity offers a more intense form of experience, the church fails to bring the enlightenment, the divine illumination, to bear, which is part of ...

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