Christ, our Light

Quotations for June, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540

When a man was chosen to take the place of Judas, and to be associated with the eleven as a witness of the Resurrection, he was chosen from the men ‘who have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, beginning from the baptism of John unto the day that He was received up from us’. The criticism which would have us believe that from the Resurrection onward the Jesus of history was practically displaced by an ideal Christ of faith is beside the mark. The Christ of faith was the Jesus of history, and no one was regarded as qualified to bear witness to the Christ unless he had had the fullest opportunity of knowing Jesus.
... James Denney (1856-1917), Jesus and the Gospel: Christianity justified in the mind of Christ, New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908, p. 14 (see the book; see also John 15:26-27; Ps. 69:25; Acts 1:8,20-22; 4:33; Heb. 2:1-3; more at Baptism, Christ, Faith, Historical, Jesus, Knowledge, Resurrection, Witness)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

In the days of His earthly ministry, only those could speak to him who came where He was. If He was in Galilee, men could not find Him in Jerusalem; if He was in Jerusalem, men could not find Him in Galilee. But His Ascension means that He is perfectly united with God; we are with Him wherever we are present to God; and that is everywhere and always. Because He is “in Heaven” He is everywhere on earth: because He is ascended, He is here now. Our devotion is not to hold us by the empty tomb; it must lift up our hearts to heaven so that we too “in heart and mind thither ascend and with Him continually dwell;” * it must also send us forth into the world to do His will; and these are not two things, but one.
* from the collect for Ascension, Book of Common Prayer, 1662, 1928
... William Temple (1881-1944), Readings in St. John’s Gospel, London: Macmillan, 1939, 1952, p. 382 (see the book; see also John 20:17; Matt. 28:20; Luke 24:1-6; Acts 1:9-11; more at Ascension, Devotion, Heaven, Jesus, Omnipresence, World)

Friday, June 3, 2011
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978

Let us guard with all our might against lapsing into mere controversialists, unless God has given us special talents in that way, which we can use with fear and trembling as given us for the special defence of truth and of the Church. As we follow Him after the day of disputation up the slope of the Mount of Olives, and watch there, in the blood-red glow of sunset, and the purple of the deepening gloom, and the blackness of approaching night, Jerusalem with its individual history and palpitating heart of religious frenzy, melting into the judgment of a world, and the crash of falling kingdoms, and the winding up of final doom, how little all the controversy has become, in the face of a world’s sin and a world’s judgment! Jesus Christ was the Truth; and as the Truth, He met and laid low controversy.
... W. C. E. Newbolt (1844-1930), Speculum Sacerdotum, London: Longmans, Green, 1894, p. 188 (see the book; see also 1 Tim. 2:8; Matt. 21:23-27; 1 Cor. 6:1-2; Phil. 2:14-15; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; 2 Tim. 2:23-25; Tit. 3:9; more at Church, Dispute, Fear, God, Jerusalem, Jesus, Judgment, Kingdom, Talent, Truth, World)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

What does this desire and this inability of ours proclaim to us but that there was once in man a genuine happiness, of which nothing now survives but the mark and the empty outline; and this he vainly tries to fill from everything that lies around him, seeking from things that are not there the help that he does not get from those that are present? Yet they are quite incapable of filling the gap, because this infinite gulf can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object—that is, God, Himself. He alone is man’s veritable good, and since man has deserted Him it is a strange thing that there is nothing in nature that has not been capable of taking His place for man: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vices, adultery, incest. And since he has lost the true good, everything can equally appear to him as such—even his own destruction, though that is so contrary at once to God, to reason, and to nature.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #425, p. 138-139 (see the book; see also Amos 8:11-12; Ps. 42; 86:10; John 4:13-14; 6:32-35; more at Apologetics, Emptiness, God, Happiness, Infinite, Man, Nature, Preach, Reason)

Sunday, June 5, 2011
Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754

The observances of the Church concerning feasts and fasts are tolerably well kept, upon the whole, since the rich keep the feasts and the poor keep the fasts.
... Sydney Smith (1771-1845), quoted in A Sketch of the Life and Times of the Rev. Sydney Smith, Stuart Johnson Reid, London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1884, p. 127-128 (see the book; see also Jas. 2:1-5; more at Church, Fasting, Humor, Religion)

Monday, June 6, 2011
Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

The more we study the early Church, the more we realize that it was a society of ministers. About the only similarity between the Church at Corinth and a contemporary congregation, either Roman Catholic or Protestant, is that both are marked, to a great degree, by the presence of sinners.
... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Incendiary Fellowship, New York: Harper, 1967, p. 39 (see the book; see also Matt. 9:12-13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32; Rom. 5:8; more at Church, Congregation, Minister, Sinner)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Faith is illuminative, not operative; it does not force obedience, though it increases responsibility; it heightens guilt, but it does not prevent sin. The will is the source of action.
... John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), Lectures on certain difficulties felt by Anglicans in submitting to the Catholic Church, London: Burns & Lambert, 1850, p. 236 (see the book; see also Isa. 59:9-14; John 16:2-3; Rom. 1:25; Tit. 1:15; 1 John 3:19-20; more at Action, Faith, Guilt, Obedience, Responsibility, Sin)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Feast of Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Hymnographer, 1711
Commemoration of Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947

It is almost universally taken for granted that missionary work is the work of a paid professional class, and that the utmost that can be expected of those who do not belong to this class is to support those who do; and even that is not expected of the majority. Missionary societies began their crusade, not by striving to call out the spirit of Christian men whose occupation carried them abroad, not by trying to impress upon the Church at home that Christ calls all His people to witness for Him wherever they may be, wherever they may go, but by creating an army of professional missionaries. The whole system of societies, boards, offices, accounts, contracts with missionaries, statistical returns, reports, reeks of it. From every missionary society there goes out every day and all day into every part of the world with one insistent, unceasing voice the proclamation, that the Gospel must be preached in all the world, and that it must be preached by special agents maintained by a society for this particular work.
... Roland Allen (1869-1947), The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It, London: World Dominion Press, 1949, reprint, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1997, p. 145-146 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 9:17-18; Acts 4:13,25-26; 20:33-34; Rom. 1:14-15; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:7-10; more at Gospel, Missionary, People, Preach, Social, Witness, Work, World)

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373

All that is great on earth is united together; the learned, the wise, the kings. The first write; the second condemn; the last kill. And notwithstanding all these oppositions, these [disciples], simple and weak, resist all these powers, subdue even these kings, these learned men and these sages, and remove idolatry from all the earth. And all this is done by the power which had foretold it.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #783, p. 277 (see the book; see also Gen. 12:2-3; Ps. 2:1-3; 146:3; John 16:33; Acts 4:24-30; more at Condemnation, Disciple, Earth, Greatness, King, Prophecy, Weakness, Wisdom)

Friday, June 10, 2011

This, indeed, is probably one of [God’s] motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees... that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Screwtape Letters, Macmillan, 1944, p. 148 (see the book; see also 2 Tim. 1:7; Matt. 26:69-75; Acts 4:19-20; 5:29; Heb. 13:5-6; 1 John 4:16-18; more at Chastity, Courage, Creation, Danger, God, Mercy, Morality, Virtue, World)

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Feast of Barnabas the Apostle

“The Bible,” we are told sometimes, “gives us such a beautiful picture of what we should be.” Nonsense! It gives us no picture at all. It reveals to us a fact; it tells us what we really are; it says, This is the form in which God created you, to which He has restored you; this is the work which the Eternal Son, the God of Truth and Love, is continually carrying on within you.
... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), The Prayer-Book and the Lord’s Prayer, London: Macmillan, 1880, p. 221 (see the book; see also Acts 3:26; Rom. 3:23; Tit. 3:4-5; more at Bible, God, Love, Renewal, Sanctification, Son, Truth)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tongues of fire from heaven descend
With a mighty rushing wind,
To blow it up and make
A living fire
Of heav’nly charity, and pure desire,
Where they their residence should take.
On the apostles’ sacred heads they sit;
Who now, like beacons, do proclaim and tell
Th’ invasion of the host of hell;
And give men warning to defend
Themselves from the enraged brunt of it.
Lord, let the flames of holy charity,
And all her gifts and graces, slide
Into our hearts, and there abide;
That thus refined, we may soar above
With it unto the element of love,
Even unto thee, dear Spirit,—
And there eternal peace and rest inherit.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), from “Festival Hymns”, in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. XV, London: Ogle, Duncan & Co., 1822, p. 89 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 1:5-7; Acts 2:1-4,14-18; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Jas. 1:17; 1 Pet. 4:10; more at Charity, Fire, Gifts, Heaven, Holy Spirit, Love, Pentecost, Preach, Purity)

Monday, June 13, 2011
Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936

We say, not lightly but very literally, that the truth has made us free. They [the denouncers of dogma] say that it makes us so free that it cannot be the truth. To them it is like believing in fairyland to believe in such freedom as we enjoy. It is like believing in men with wings to entertain the fancy of men with wills. It is like accepting a fable about a squirrel in conversation with a mountain to believe in a man who is free to ask or a God who is free to answer. This is a manly and a rational negation, for which I for one shall always show respect. But I decline to show any respect for those who first of all clip the wings and cage the squirrel, rivet the chains and refuse the freedom, close all the doors of the cosmic prison on us with a clang of eternal iron, tell us that our emancipation is a dream and our dungeon a necessity; and then calmly turn round and tell us they have a freer thought and a more liberal theology.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), The Everlasting Man, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1925, Wilder Publications, 2008, p. 157-158 (see the book; see also John 8:31-32; 16:23-24; Gal. 5:1; more at Apologetics, Belief, Dogma, Emancipation, Freedom, God, Man, Truth)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691

Will it do you any hurt to leave your beastly, sensual lives, and to “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ?” This is the doctrine of saving grace. Would it do you any harm to be assured of salvation, and ready to die, and to know that angels shall conduct your departing souls to Christ, and that you shall live in joy with him for ever? Or to be employed in those holy works that must prepare you for this day, and help you to this assurance? If God be naught for you, if holiness, and righteousness, and temperance be naught for you, then you may as well say, heaven is naught for you.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), Directions and Persuasions to a Sound Conversion, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. VIII, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 181 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 5:8; Gal. 3:1; Tit. 1:8; 2:11-14; more at Assurance, Heaven, Holiness, Life, Righteousness, Salvation, Savior, Self-control)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Feast of Evelyn Underhill, Mystical Writer, 1941

Only those who try to live near God and have formed the habit of faithfulness to Him in the small things of our daily life, can hope in times of need for that special light which shows us our path. To do as well as we can the job immediately before us, is the way to learn what we ought to do next.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) (see also Luke 12:42-44; Matt. 25:14-30; Jas. 1:22; more at Faith, God, Hope, Life, Light, Need, Weakness)

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Feast of Richard of Chichester, Bishop, 1253
Commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Moral Philosopher, 1752

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
... D. A. Carson (b. 1946), For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word, v. II [1999], reprint, Good News Publishers, 2006, Jan. 23 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:7-9; Matt. 5:48; John 15:19; Gal. 5:22-23; Col. 3:5-8; 1 Tim. 6:11-12; 2 Tim. 2:21-22; Heb. 12:10-12; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 3:10-12; 2 Pet. 3:11-12; 1 John 2:5; more at Disobedience, Faith, Freedom, Holiness, Legalism, Obedience, People, Prayer, Scripture, Self-control, Tolerance)

Friday, June 17, 2011
Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936

Doubt, rather than faith, is high among the causes of the religious boom. And the church’s response to this current situation will reveal, better than anything else, our faith in God—or our faithlessness. If we churchmen interpret such pervasive doubt as a threat, then we will do as the church has done so often in the past: we will substitute the church for God, and make our church-centered activities into an ersatz kingdom of God. Our faithlessness will be evident in the easy paraphrase of the hard truth of the gospel, and in the lapse from the critical loyalty that God requires of us, into the vague and corrupting sentimentalism that has so marred American Protestantism.
Or the church can interpret the present religious situation as a promise, as God’s recall of His people to a new reformation. Our faithfulness to God-in-Christ will be manifest in the willingness to be honest with ourselves and with the gospel. Then we may view the church, not as an end in itself, but as the point of departure into the world for which the Son of God died.
Which will it be?
... Carl R. Smith & Robert W. Lynn, “Experiment in Suburbia”, in Spiritual Renewal through Personal Groups, John L. Casteel, ed., NY: Association Press, 1957, p. 165-166 (see the book; see also Mark 4:37-41; Prov. 2:3-5; Matt. 28:16-17; Rom. 14:17-18; more at Apologetics, Church, Corruption, Criticism, Doubt, Faith, God, Gospel, Kingdom, Loyalty, Past, Reformation, Truth)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

If we are to love our enemies, we must make our common life a visible exercise and demonstration of that love. If content and thankfulness, if the patient bearing of evil be duties to God, they are the duties of every day, and in every circumstance of our life.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 10 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:43-45; Mark 12:32-33; Luke 6:27-28,35-36; 9:23; Rom. 12:1,14,20; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; more at Contentment, Duty, Enemy, Evil, God, Life, Love, Patience)

Sunday, June 19, 2011
Trinity Sunday
Commemoration of Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu, Evangelist, Teacher, 1929

Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which he imparts to us.
... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), Reality and Religion: meditations on God, man, and nature, London: Macmillan, 1924, p. 24-25 (see the book; see also Luke 14:34; Lev. 2:13; Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5; Matt. 5:13; Mark 9:50; Col. 4:6; more at Christ, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Love, Water)

Monday, June 20, 2011

To do his work God does not send a book of metaphysics or a sacred book of Gnostic revelations or a complete epistemological system or a perfected wisdom. He sends a man.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Subversion of Christianity, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 24 (see the book; see also 1 John 4:2-3; Luke 2:10-12; 19:10; Acts 17:2-3; 1 Cor. 1:17,21-23; 2:6-10; Col. 2:8; more at Book, God, Jesus, Man, Revelation, Wisdom, Work)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We are a fallen race. Our nature has become corrupted by our apostasy from God, and therefore every imagination (i. e., every exercise) of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually... This is the Scriptural and the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal, and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.
... Charles Hodge (1797-1878), Systematic Theology, Londom, Edinurgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1872, p. 238 (see the book; see also Gen. 8:21; Hos. 6:7; John 3:19; Rom. 3:23; 5:14-21; 7:18-21; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1-2; 5:8-10; more at Apostasy, Corruption, Evil, God, Heart, Scripture, Sin, Thought)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Feast of Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.209

He who desires to become a spiritual man must not be ever taking note of others, and above all of their sins, lest he fall into wrath and bitterness, and a judging spirit towards his neighbors.
... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), “Sermon for St. Peter’s Day,” in The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler of Strasbourg, Charles Kingsley, pref. & Susanna Winkworth, tr., New York: Wiley & Halsted, 1858, p. 462 (see the book; see also Luke 6:37-38; Rom. 9:22-23; 2 Tim. 4:2; more at Attitudes, Bitterness, Fall, Judgment, Neighbor, Sin, Spirit, Spiritual life)

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

For the flowers are great blessings.
For the Lord made a Nosegay in the meadow with his disciples and preached upon the lily...
For the flowers have great virtues for all senses.
For the flower glorifies God and the root parries the adversary.
For the flowers have their angels even the words of God’s creation...
For there is a language of flowers.
For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers.
For elegant phrases are nothing but flowers.
For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ.
... Christopher Smart (1722-1771), Jubilate Agno [1759], R. Hart-Davis, 1954, p. 105 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:28-29; Ps. 103:15-16; Jas. 1:10; more at Angel, Flower, Jesus, Worship)

Friday, June 24, 2011
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

It is one of the greatest dangers of the Church in a democratic country—and one of the greatest temptations for churches which for their support are dependent on the good will of their congregations—to present the gospel message in a way agreeable and inoffensive to those who are to hear it.
... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), The Scandal of Christianity, London: SCM Press, 1951, reprint, John Knox Press, 1965, p. 113 (see the book; see also Luke 6:26; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:3; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; more at Church, Congregation, Danger, Good will, Gospel, Temptation)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A preaching of the gospel that calls men and women to accept Jesus as Savior but does not make it clear that discipleship means commitment to a vision of society radically different from that which controls our public life today must be condemned as false.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Foolishness to the Greeks: the Gospel and Western culture, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 132 (see the book; see also Luke 21:16-19; Matt. 10:34-38; Mark 13:12; Luke 9:23-24; more at Commitment, Gospel, Jesus, Life, Preach, Savior, Social, Today)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Gospels contain what the Apostles preached—the Epistles, what they wrote after the preaching. And until we understand the Gospel, the good news about our brother-king—until we understand Him, until we have His Spirit, promised so freely to them that ask it—all the Epistles, the words of men who were full of Him, and wrote out of that fullness, who loved Him so utterly that by that very love they were lifted into the air of pure reason and right, and would die for Him, and did die for Him, without two thoughts about it, in the very simplicity of no choice—the Letters, I say, of such men are to us a sealed book. Until we love the Lord so as to do what He tells us, we have no right to an opinion about what one of those men meant; for all they wrote is about things beyond us. The simplest woman who tries not to judge her neighbour, or not to be anxious for the morrow, will better know what is best to know, than the best-read bishop without that one simple outgoing of his highest nature in the effort to do the will of Him who thus spoke.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I [1867], London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 128 (see the book; see also Heb. 6:11-12; 2 Chr. 7:17-18; Matt. 4:4; Heb. 10:36; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Bible, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Love, Obedience, Preach, Reason, Will of God)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Seek, then, that which thou hast lost, that thou mayest find it; for well I wot, whosoever once hath an inward sight, but a little of that dignity and that spiritual fairness which a soul hath by creation, and shall have again by grace, he will loathe in his heart all the bliss, the liking and the fairness of this world, as the stink of carrion; and he will never have any will or mind to do other deed, night or day (save what mere need of nature requireth) but desire, mourn, seek, and pray how he may come again thereto.
Nevertheless inasmuch as thou hast not as yet seen what it is fully, for thy spiritual eye is not yet opened, I shall tell thee one word for all, in the which thou shalt seek, desire and find it; for in that one word is all that thou hast lost. This word is Jesus: I mean not this word Jesus painted upon the wall, as written in letters on the book, or formed by lips in sound of the mouth, or framed in thy mind by imagination, for in this wise may a man that is void of charity find Him; but I mean Jesus Christ, that blessed Person, God and Man, Son of the Virgin Mary, whom this name betokeneth; that is all goodness, endless wisdom, love and sweetness, thy joy, thy glory, and thy everlasting bliss, thy God, thy Lord, and thy salvation.
... Walter Hilton (1330?-1396), The Scale of Perfection [early 15th century], ed. Serenus Cressy, I.iii.iii.ii (see the book; see also 1 John 2:29; Ps. 73:25; 119:40; Pr. 2:1-5; Matt. 7:7-8; 1 Cor. 13:12; Jas. 1:21; 2 Pet. 3:11-14; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:2-3; more at Goodness, Grace, Heart, Jesus, Joy, Prayer, Soul, Wisdom, World)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200

Now this God is glorified by His Word who is His Son continually, and by the Holy Spirit who is the Wisdom of the Father of all: and the power(s) of these, (namely) of the Word and Wisdom, which are called Cherubim and Seraphim, with unceasing voices glorify God; and every created thing that is in the heavens offers glory to God the Father of all.
... Irenaeus (c.130-c.200), The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching [2nd c.], par. 10 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 4:6; Matt. 11:25-26; John 1:1; 8:31-32; Rom. 1:20; 1 Cor. 1:30; more at Father, Glory, God, Holy Spirit, Son, Wisdom)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles

Christianity is a battle—not a dream.
... Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), speech, April, 1869, recorded in Wendell Phillips: the agitator, William Carlos Martyn, New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1890, p. 368 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-17; 1 Tim. 6:12; more at Battle, Definition of Christianity, Dream)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

He that sees the beauty of holiness, or true moral good, sees the greatest and most important thing in the world, which is the fulness of all things, without which all the world is empty, no better than nothing, yea, worse than nothing. Unless this is seen, nothing is seen that is worth the seeing; for there is no other true excellency or beauty.
... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), The Works of President Edwards, v. IV, Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, Jun., 1808, p. 210-211 (see the book; see also Ps. 29:2; 96:8-9; 110:3; Isa. 52:7; Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; more at Beauty, Goodness, Holiness, Morality, Truth, World)


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