When you read the Bible, you are going to be tempted to think that this or that passage is about somebody else. Let me just warn you: don’t go there. Let the word of God plunge deeply into your heart. Let it expose things that are uncomfortable. That’s the only way you’re going to grow. That’s the only way you’re going to become like Jesus.
A church which pitches its
tents without constantly looking out for new horizons, which does not
continually strike camp, is being untrue to its calling…[We must] play down our
longing for certainty, accept what is risky, and live by improvisation and
Every man who thinks and lives by thought must have his own
skepticism, that which stops at the question, that which ends in denial, or
that which leads to faith and which is somehow integrated into the faith which
Missionary work is not a side show of the church, to be sustained
by the gifts of a minority who are sufficiently interested. It is the main
artery which is essential to the life of the body and to the strength of the
heart. Nor may this missionary activity be confined to the regions beyond.
Paganism is not limited to heathen lands. It is present in every community, and
may be found among those who maintain an external standard of goodness yet are
pagan at heart. Conversion may need to begin within the church itself, through
the renewal of a living Christian experience. But the real test of that renewal
will be in the recovery of the evangelical passion. A living church must be
quipped for adventurous service. Like the individual Christian, it can keep its
life only by losing it.
On the one hand, the accumulated writings of the greatest
minds of the last three thousand years is available for the first time to anyone
with a smart phone. However, due to the massive mound of such writing and the
work it takes to sort through, most are as unlikely to dig in as if there were
still old walls of language, space, time, and the like to limit them.
On the other hand, this has not stopped the world’s billions
from dropping in their own universal approach to truth for everyone to see in
the form of the latest attention-getting cat video.
And so, in the modern world, meaning is so much more
commonly sought in cat videos than in researching the sages.
sort of cheerful nihilism so dominant in post-modernism could only take
root in the flabby, comfortable West, where one can play around with
everything, including God, justice, marriage, society, truth, and so on,
without having to worry about the consequences.
secularist, opposed-to-all-religion position takes it to have been established that
all religious doctrines yet offered have been shown to be false, and it is
quite willing to infer that any doctrinal replacements will suffer a similar
fate. Since the great work in which it was shown that all religious doctrines
are false is uncommonly hard to locate—it is hard to think of any barely
plausible candidates—pure secularism possesses an unfounded optimism about its status