Whatever happened to history?
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.
—Theologian Thomas Oden in Good News (Jan.–Feb. 1993)
No good without God
Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are rightly found only and completely in him.
—Saint Augustine in The Confessions of Saint Augustine
The gospel is not a media presentation
When novels end up at the movies or on TV, the usual response goes, “Well, it was nothing like the book.” Could the same be said of today’s “media gospel”? Granted, the “core message” is simple, but the Book says so much more. When Paul called the good news a “mystery,” he wasn’t talking about “Murder, She Wrote.”
—Philip Wiebe in the Christian Leader (Oct. 6, 1992)
Give us the business!
The Church is uncommonly vocal about the subject of bedrooms and so singularly silent on the subject of boardrooms!
—Dorothy L. Sayers, quoted by Bishop Michael Marshall in The Church of England Newspaper ...1
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