It is a serious thing, to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or another of those destinations. (C.S. Lewis)
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Eh hem. Scratch that, start again: Welcome to the Christian Carnival! As long-time readers know, I love a good quote–they remind me that most of what I know I learned from someone else–so with that in mind, welcome to the Christian Carnival–Quotable Edition. Thanks everyone for your submissions; I’ve organized them into a few broad categories: Christian Living, The Bible, Theology, The Church and the World, and Finances from a Christian Perspective. Enjoy:
The test of a man then is not, ‘How have I believed?’ but ‘How have I loved?’ The test of religion, the final test of religion, is not religiousness, but love. Not what I have done, not what I have believed, not what I have achieved, but how I have discharged the common charities of life. (Henry Drummond)
Do we go to church on Sunday to get a refill on some kind of spirituality tank, or do we go to pour out the overflow from a week spent worshipping God?
Diane R presents The Real Deal on the “Desert Fathers” posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet. Everyone seems to think we should read and listen to and pray like the “desert fathers.” Well, not everyone.
Sometimes when we are going through difficult and challenging situations, it is easy to think that no one and nobody truly understand how we feel. A friend of mine said it best, “You know who gets invited to a pity party? No one and nobody.” I meditated on that for weeks after my conversation with her. It is true. When we stay in a condemn state, or in that pity party, we think that we are the only ones to face that pain, that hurt, that betrayal. But, Christ knows it all. He understands it all. There is nothing we can experience that He does not understand.
The older I get, the more I believe it all comes down to this, to love. We get so swept up in the must-be-dones, agendas and worries of life that it becomes all too easy to forget. But it’s scenes like this one that invite me to remember.
Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing. (Anonymous)
Jim DeSantis looks at the “let us exhortations” in the book of Hebrews, in How to Boldly Go Before the Throne. He invites us to “boldly go” where someone has gone before.
Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
Weekend Fisher at Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength looks at the beatitudes in The Foundation of Blessing, and considers how Jesus proclaims our hope of blessing as grounded in God’s compassion and God’s delight in what is good.
Michelle at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus… reflects on Hebrews 13:2 and asks:
Why do you help people? Do you help people because you are looking to gain something in return? Do you help people because it makes you feel good? Do you help people simply because it’s the right thing to do?
Life isn’t like a book. Life isn’t logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess. (Charles Colson)
Doctrine—what we believe—determines how we live. And the way we live reveals what we believe. Doctrine and life have to match each other.
Christian identity can be understood only as an act of identification with the crucified Christ, to the extent to which one has accepted that in him God has identified himself with the godless and those abandoned by God, to whom one belongs oneself. (Jürgen Moltmann)
Here at C. Orthodoxy, I posted a clip from Conan O’Brian in which Louis CK observes, “Everything is Amazing Right Now, and Nobody is Happy.”
Shannon Christman presents Christ-Followers: Does Changing Our Name Change Our Reputation? posted at The Minority Thinker.
A movement among the members of the American Philosophical Association wants to prohibit Christian institutions with a code of conduct or statement of faith involving opposition the same-sex sexual behavior from the use of the organization in job market functions. This post argues against such a change.
We can’t win a war with the troops sitting around marveling at the equivalent of super-solders showing off their strength by ripping phone books. We win a war by training and equipping soldiers to fight, and then sending them out to defeat the enemy.
Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are. (James W. Frick)
God bless you and yours!