Classic and contemporary excerpts.

Junk food isn’t enough

The biggest enemy of the Church is the development and proliferation of programs to meet people’s needs. Everyone has a hunger for God, but our tastes (needs) are screwed up. We’ve been raised on junk food, so what we ask for is often wrong or twisted.

Eugene Peterson in The Door (Nov./Dec. 1991)

God brings out our best

We are all asked to do more than we can do. Every hero and heroine of the Bible does more than he would have thought it possible to do, from Gideon to Esther to Mary. Jacob, one of my favorite characters, certainly wasn’t qualified. He was a liar and a cheat; and yet he was given the extraordinary vision of angels and archangels ascending and descending a ladder which reached from earth to heaven.

Madeleine L’Engle in Walking on Water

No white lies

To lie a little is not possible; whoever lies, lies a whole lie.

Victor Hugo in Les Misérables

The Bible and me

Some [evangelicals] have fixated upon “me and the Bible, and especially me,” so that what Bible reading becomes is primarily an assertion of inward feelings. This has sadly prevented readers from … learning that the Spirit has a history, and that the body of Christ being called forth in that history has unity.… Beware of the “evangelical” who wants to read the Bible without the historic voices of the church, who is only willing to listen to his own voice or the voices of contemporaries in the dialogue. Evangelicals have usually been the losers when they have systematically neglected the saints and martyrs and consensual writers of the earliest Christian centuries.

Thomas Oden in Good News (Jan.–Feb. 1993)

The trouble with neighbors

Those who glorify the idea of the world turning into a global village may ...

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