A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The was deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.” And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on […]
Were every man on earth to become atheist, it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away. Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture […]
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
― Ambrose Bierce
At least—to pray—is left—is left— Oh Jesus—in the Air— I know not which thy chamber is— I’m knocking—everywhere— Thou settest Earthquake in the South— And Maelstrom, in the Sea— Say, Jesus Christ of Nazareth— Hast thou no arm for Me? Emily Dickinson, Poem 377 Autumn is just a few days away, and with it comes […]
Every definition is dangerous. ~Desiderius Erasmus The only label I’m comfortable with is “Christian”. Don’t bother trying to peg me as conservative or liberal because there are multitudes to my right and left. I would rather do the hard work of digging out the truth rather than buying wholesale into blanket ideology. All that said, […]
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust I recently attended the funeral of a man who died after a long and rich life. Many people stood and spoke of his generosity of character, his strength of faith and his limitless goodwill. I confess […]
In everything on this earth that is worth doing, there is a stage when no one would do it, except for necessity or honor. ~G.K. Chesterton, from What’s Wrong With the World? People seek praise from the time they are children, and that continues throughout adulthood. We only really mature, however when we grow from […]
“When mores are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when mores are insufficient, laws are unenforceable.” ― Émile Durkheim In 1 Corinthians 6:1–11, Paul criticizes the Corinthians for the divisive lawsuits among them and his language is harsh. His concern is for the purity of the church and his parental scolding follows the theme of “I’m so […]
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” ― Socrates Ancient Corinth was a sophisticated city – a Roman colony with Greek roots. The people valued the polished, courtly philosopher who could argue his case, regardless of the topic. The content didn’t matter as much as the eloquence. Paul said he did […]
The world was a busy place. London was founded in AD 43, and in AD 50 a great pyramid was constructed in Teotihuacán, Mexico – just eight years before Buddhism was introduced into China. Paul first came to the city of Corinth around AD 49–50 during his second missionary journey. We know this due to one of […]
“Every art, and every science reduced to a teachable form, and in like manner every action and moral choice, aims, it is thought, at some good: for which reason a common and by no means a bad description of the Chief Good is, “that at which all things aim.” ― Aristotle, Ethics The word “docile” […]
Christians ought not to be threatened by fantasy and imagination. Great painting is not “photographic”: think of the Old Testament art commanded by God. There were blue pomegranates on the robes of the priest who went into the Holy of Holies. In nature there are no blue pomegranates. Christian artists do not need to be […]
“The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust, burn to the socket.” ~William Wordsworth from The Excursion King Richard III was interred with dignity at Leicester Cathedral after spending the last few hundred years or so under a parking lot. Well, you know how it is – you live your […]
“The effective Christians of history have been men and women of great personal discipline. The connection between the words disciple and discipline is obvious. To be a true, effective disciple of Christ we must seek to discipline our lives and endeavor to walk even as He walked. The thing that has hindered the progress of […]
1 Corinthians 6:2–3 | “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”
“Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop than when we soar.” ― William Wordsworth, from The Excursion 1814 Wouldn’t you be ecstatic if an archaeologist discover a book containing answers to the mysteries of the ages? Well, it’s on your bookshelf! In contrast to the ancient understanding of “mystery” as a well-kept secret, God wants His […]
When God tells you the truth, He speaks peace into your life.
Be awake to others. You never know who they might turn out to be.
“The moving finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.’ from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishápur Omar Khayyam was born in 1048 in present day Iran. In the Encyclopedia […]
“I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.”
“Jesus was not a theologian. He was God who told stories.”
If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not […]
All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
1 Corinthians 2:6–8 | However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
“The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail When […]
All parents get this.
“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, from ‘The Two Towers’ G.K. Chesterton said “The […]
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Our job isn’t to figure God out. Our job is to glorify Him. That’s wisdom.
The true cost of your old nonsense.
ALON. Now all the blessings Of a glad father compass thee about! Arise, and say how thou cam’st here. MIR. O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in ’t! PROS. ’Tis new to thee. William Shakespeare, from The Tempest When Sir […]
“What children we are, even the wisest! When God walks the earth, his steps are often centuries apart.”
― Lew Wallace
“We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in […]
“You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’; but that ain’t no matter.” ~Mark Twain, from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain changed the game when he wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It was one of the first major literary works […]
“An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
“One has no right to love or hate anything if one has not acquired a thorough knowledge of its nature. Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you know it but little you will be able to love it only a little or not at all.” ~Leonardo da Vinci We […]
Now I have mentioned freedom to express your thoughts, but I caution you that your thoughts and expressions must meet competition in the market place of thought, and in that competition truth will emerge triumphant. Only error needs to fear freedom of expression. Seek truth in all fields, and in that search you will need […]
My moment of epiphany…
For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished. Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune. As the sparrow had its […]
Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. This has always been the instinct of Christendom, and especially the instinct of Christian art. Remember how Fra Angelico represented all his angels, not only as birds, but almost as butterflies. Remember how the most earnest medieval art was full of light and fluttering draperies, of […]
The reason why we must hope in God is chiefly the fact that we belong to Him, as effect belongs to cause. God does nothing in vain, but always acts for a definite purpose. A cause that operates intellectually not only confers on the effect, in the act of producing it, all that is required […]
“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”
~Herman Melville, from Moby Dick
One of the many mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life is the exact nature of her religious and spiritual commitments. Much like her contemporary Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson apparently could neither believe nor be comfortable in her disbelief, as Nathaniel Hawthorne said about the author of Moby-Dick. In her letters, she often refers to herself as […]
Scholars hate to summarize. Jesus had no problem with it.
I’ll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day. Margaret Mitchell, from Gone with the Wind The collective memory of the American Civil War for many is actually scenes from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind […]
We are trapped in the nightmare.
“The clocks were striking midnight and the rooms were very still as a figure glided quietly from bed to bed, smoothing a coverlid here, settling a pillow there, and pausing to look long and tenderly at each unconscious face, to kiss each with lips that mutely blessed, and to pray the fervent prayers which only […]
You’ll know it—as you know ’tis Noon— By Glory— As you do the Sun— By Glory— As you will in Heaven— Know God the Father—and the Son. By intuition, Mightiest Things Assert themselves—and not by terms— “I’m Midnight”—need the Midnight say— “I’m Sunrise”—Need the Majesty? Omnipotence—had not a Tongue— His lisp—is Lightning—and the Sun— His […]
The Reverend Elmer Gantry was reading an illustrated pink periodical devoted to prize fighters and chorus girls in his room at Elizabeth J. Schmutz Hall late of an afternoon when two large men walked in without knocking. “Why, good evening, Brother Bains—Brother Naylor! This is a pleasant surprise. I was, uh— Did you ever see […]