Two Sides Of The Same Coin
Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.
—John R. W. Stott in HIS (Oct. 1975)
Majoring On Minors
Sin arises when things that are a minor good are pursued as though they were the most important goals in life. If money or affection or power are sought in disproportionate, obsessive ways, then sin occurs. And that sin is magnified when, for these lesser goals, we fail to pursue the highest good and the finest goals.
So when we ask ourselves why, in a given situation, we committed a sin, the answer is usually one of two things. Either we wanted to obtain something we didn’t have, or we feared losing something we had.
—Augustine in The Confessions of St. Augustine (Christian Classics in Modern English)
A Christian Mandate
Do all the good
By all the means
In all the ways
In all the places
To all the people
As long as ever
—John Wesley’s Rule of Conduct
Tea Parties, Not Riots
Where are our wounds? Is there nothing to fight for? How complacent are we about the world’s causes, both great and small? Have we accepted with weak resignation that nothing can change, and that to try isn’t worth the effort? Perhaps the call to comfort rings louder than the call to bear a cross....
If the church is the body of Christ, as Paul claims, shouldn’t it also have some wounds? Yet too often, churches avoid controversy. A pastor at mid-life wrote, “Wherever the Apostle Paul went, there was a riot. Wherever I go, they serve tea.”
—Craig V. Anderson in the Christian Century (Jan. 29, 1992)
Religious Faith Is No Secret Vice
Church and state would not be such a difficult subject if religion were, as the Court apparently thinks ...1
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