Quote of Note #80: Public Speech and Truth

"An appropriate response to the competing claims of pubic voices is to take these obligations personally.  We have been 'called by name'--not every one of us to public speaking, political activism in the streets and on telephones, or investigative journalism, but all of us to seek truth and follow after it, to do justice, to … Continue reading Quote of Note #80: Public Speech and Truth

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Quote of Note #79: Living in Light of Dying

"John Wesley was once asked, 'If you knew that you would die at twelve o'clock tomorrow night, how would you spend the intervening time?' 'Why,' was the answer, 'just as I intend to spend it.  I would preach tonight in Gloucester and again tomorrow morning.  After that I would ride to Tewksbury, preach in the … Continue reading Quote of Note #79: Living in Light of Dying

Quote of Note #78: Training for a New Kingdom

"Yes, I believe that the kingdoms of this world, American, Venezuelan, and Chinese, will become the kingdom of our God and Christ, and I believe this new kingdom is already among us.  That is why I'm a pastor, to introduce people to the real world and train them to live in it.  I learned early … Continue reading Quote of Note #78: Training for a New Kingdom

Quote of Note #77: Being a Distinctive People

"The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.  It is then that the world is make to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first.  That is how revival comes.  That must also be true of us as individuals.  It … Continue reading Quote of Note #77: Being a Distinctive People

Pastor Note #86: Consumers or Disciples?

In the past few years, I’ve had some interesting conversations with folks who are involved with volunteer fire departments in various communities around where I live.  All of those local departments are struggling.  Funding is a challenge, to be sure.  But the really difficult problem is getting enough volunteers to fill their ranks. People are … Continue reading Pastor Note #86: Consumers or Disciples?

Quote of Note #76: A Contrast Community

"If we hope to experience transformation, we need to develop a culture in the congregation that encourages people to live in the world for the sake of the world, without being of the world.  Gerhard Lohfink, in Jesus and Community, makes a strong case that it has always been God's intention to work through a … Continue reading Quote of Note #76: A Contrast Community

Quote of Note #75: God Is Not Always Gentle

"Anyone who has any experience at all of the living God knows that he is nothing at all like this Somebody who tut-tuts politely at our failings and lays a soothing hand upon our anxious little heads.  The God, who lives in us if we allow him, is not necessarily always gentle: he can be … Continue reading Quote of Note #75: God Is Not Always Gentle

Bible Note #39: Blind to our Sin–Psalm 36:1-3

1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.     They have no fear of God at all. 2 In their blind conceit,     they cannot see how wicked they really are. 3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.     They refuse to act wisely or do good.                  … Continue reading Bible Note #39: Blind to our Sin–Psalm 36:1-3

Quote of Note #74: Character and the Presidency

"As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even … Continue reading Quote of Note #74: Character and the Presidency

Quote of Note #73: Word AND Spirit

"The secret of effective Christian living is know the power of the Spirit through the Word.  The secret of effective Christian service is using the Word in the power of the Spirit.  Some believers magnify the Spirit but neglect the Word.  This will not do because fanaticism and groundless enthusiasm are the result.  Others seek … Continue reading Quote of Note #73: Word AND Spirit