Christ, our Light

Quotations for April, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872

To pray earnestly and live carelessly is to proclaim that a man is not spiritually minded in his prayer.
... John Owen (1616-1683), The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded [1681], in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, I.6, p. 295 (see the book; see also Pr. 19:16; Ps. 62:11-12; Eccl. 12:14; Matt. 7:26-27; 12:35-37; Gal. 6:7-8; Jas. 2:20; more at Careless, Man, Prayer, Spiritual life, Worldly)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

There is a pride of faith, more unforgivable and dangerous than the pride of the intellect. It reveals a split personality in which faith is “observed” and appraised, thus negating that unity born of a dying-unto-self, which is the definition of faith. To “value” faith is to turn it into a metaphysical magic, the advantages of which ought to be reserved for a spiritual elite.
... Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Markings, tr. Leif Sjöberg & W. H. Auden, (q.v.), New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964 (post.), p. 106 (see the book; see also Rom. 6:5-7; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 7:1-5; 2 Cor. 4:10; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; Phil. 3:8; Col. 2:13; more at Danger, Faith, Pride, Self-sacrifice, Unity)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fellowship between God and man, interrupted by the sin of the first Adam, was reopened by redemption bought with the blood of the last Adam. Now anyone can have direct koinonia with God and share His very life—anyone can live a life of love and unity with Christ. This is really the center of Christianity, and “faith” is nothing other than the state of having this life union with God. To be justified by faith means that God has access to repentant sinners through Christ and is thus able to enjoy this koinonia with them. [Continued tomorrow]
... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 4 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:22; John 1:4; 3:6; 5:21; Acts 2:42; Rom. 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:9; Gal. 3:24; Phil. 2:1-2; 3:10-11; 1 John 1:3; 5:12; more at Christ, Faith, Fellowship, God, Life, Man, Redemption, Repentance, Sin)

Friday, April 4, 2014

[Continued from yesterday]
If we will practice this living union with Christ, loving each other without any concern about sects and denominations, doctrines or forms, then we shall have the Body of Christ with Him as Head. This is the Ekklesia in its truest and purest sense. Therefore, the Ekklesia is not an institution, not a system, not theology, not the words of the Bible, and not any ritual or ceremony. The Ekklesia exists where there is this life union with God through Christ.
... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 4 (see the book; see also 1 John 1:3; Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:29-30; Col. 1:18-20; 1 Tim. 3:14-15; Heb. 12:22-24; more at Bible, Body of Christ, Christ, God, Life, Love, Theology, Unity)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The word “Comforter” as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means “with strength.” Jesus promised His followers that “The Strengthener” would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living.
... E. Paul Hovey (1908-1996), The Treasury of Inspirational Anecdotes, Quotations, and Illustrations, Revell, 1959, p. 211 (see the book; see also John 14:16-17; Ps. 138:3; Isa. 40:31; Luke 21:14-15; Acts 2:4; 4:31; 1 Cor. 1:8; 2 Cor. 1:8-11; 12:9-10; more at Blood, Courage, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Life, Promise, Strength)

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, artist, 1528, and Michelangelo Buonarrotti, artist, spiritual writer, 1564

What heart in the kingdom of heaven would ever dream of constructing a metaphysical system of what we owed to God and why we owed it? The light of our life, our sole, eternal, and infinite joy, is simply God—God—God—nothing but God, and all his creatures in him. He is all and in all, and the children of the kingdom know it. He includes all things; not to be true to anything he has made is to be untrue to him.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Righteousness”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 221-222 (see the book; see also Ps. 63:1-4; 27:8; 42:1-3; 84:10; 143:6; 105:3-4; Pr. 8:17; Isa. 44:3; Matt. 7:7-8; John 4:13-14; 6:35; 7:37-39; Heb. 11:6; more at Everlasting, God, Infinite, Joy, Kingdom, Life, Light, Simplicity)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Breathe on us, breath of God; not as the mighty rushing wind, lest the dimly burning flax be quenched; but with the quiet breath that shall fan to flame our smouldering faith. Inward Presence of our God, we cannot do without Thee! Unless first we hear the gentle whisper of Thy voice, the majesty of fire and storm, the glories of earth and heaven will pass in meaningless pageantry before us. The sacred page of the past and the slowly-traced bible of today will alike be closed to us. As we address ourselves to seek our God, light Thou our hearts with His presence. As we turn to think of Jesus, make our hearts to burn with love. Spirit of the Living God, Spirit of Jesus, Spirit who choosest man’s mind for Thy dwelling; make Thyself known to us now. Amen.
... William Edwin Orchard (1877-1955), The Temple: a book of prayers, 3rd ed., New York, E. P. Dutton, 1918, p. 146 (see the book; see also 1 Kings 19:11-13; Ps. 46:1-7; Joel 2:28-29; John 14:16-17,23; Rom. 5:5; 8:10-11; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21-22; 1 John 4:4; Rev. 3:20; more at Fire, Glory, God, Heart, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Knowing God, Love, Prayers, Scripture)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877

God has many ways of drawing us to Himself. He sometimes hides Himself from us; but faith alone, which will not fail us in time of need, ought to be our support and the foundation of our confidence, which must be all in God.
... Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, New York, Revell, 1895, Twelfth Letter, p. 40-41 (see the book; see also Ps. 33:21-22; 10:1; 13; 22:1-2; 89:46; 147:11; Pr. 3:25-26; John 20:29; Rom. 1:17; Heb. 4:16; 1 John 5:14; more at Confidence, Faith, God, Need, Time)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Feast of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Teacher, Martyr, 1945

Anybody who lives beneath the Cross and who has discerned in the Cross of Jesus the utter wickedness of all men and of his own heart will find there is no sin that can ever be alien to him. Anybody who has once been horrified by the dreadfulness of his own sin that nailed Jesus to the Cross will no longer be horrified by even the rankest sins of a brother.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 118 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:4; Ps. 25:11; Matt. 15:17-20; Luke 6:45; John 8:34; Rom. 7:13,22-24; Eph. 2:1-2; Heb. 12:1; Jas. 1:13-15; Jude 1:22-23; more at Confession, Cross, Evil, Heart, Jesus, Man, Sin)

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Feast of William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
Commemoration of William of Ockham, Franciscan Friar, Philosopher, Teacher, 1347
Commemoration of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest, Scientist, Visionary, 1955

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions [397], Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, I.i, p. 1 (see the book; see also Matt. 11:28-30; Ps. 38:4; 116:7; Isa. 55:1-3; 66:2; Jer. 6:16; Mic. 6:6-8; Gal. 5:1; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; Heb. 4:1; more at God, Heart, Prayers, Rest, Restless)

Friday, April 11, 2014
Commemoration of George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878

Christianity is not a voice in the wilderness, but a life in the world. It is not an idea in the air but feet on the ground, going God’s way. It is not an exotic to be kept under glass, but a hardy plant to bear twelve manner of fruit in all kinds of weather. Fidelity to duty is its root and branch. Nothing we can say to the Lord, no calling Him by great or dear names, can take the place of the plain doing of His will. We may cry out about the beauty of eating bread with Him in His kingdom, but it is wasted breath and a rootless hope, unless we plow and plant in His kingdom here and now. To remember Him at His table and to forget Him at ours, is to have invested in bad securities. There is no substitute for plain, every-day goodness.
... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 48 (see the book; see also John 15:4-6; Matt. 15:36; 26:26-27; Mark 6:41; 14:22-23; John 6:11; Acts 27:35; Rom. 14:6; 1 Tim. 4:3-5; more at Duty, God, Goodness, Kingdom, Life, Obedience, Way, Will of God, World)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Is it not therefore exceeding strange, that people should place so much piety in the attendance upon public worship, concerning which there is not one precept of our Lord’s to be found, and yet neglect these common duties of our ordinary life, which are commanded in every page of the Gospel?
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 9 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:48; Gen. 17:1; Lev. 11:44; Deut. 18:13; Mic. 6:8; Luke 6:36; 2 Cor. 7:1; 13:11; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 1 John 3:17; more at Duty, Gospel, Neglect, Worship)

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday

This world never looked like a friend upon you. Ye owe it little love. It looked ever sour-like upon you. Howbeit ye should woo it, it will not match with you; and therefore never seek warm fire under cold ice. This is not a field where your happiness groweth; it is up above, where there are a great multitude, which no man can number, of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter to Lady Kenmure, Sept. 14, 1634, p. 69 (see the book; see also Rev. 7:9; Lev. 23:39-40; Matt. 6:24; 21:8-9; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 16:13; 19:36-38; John 12:12-13; 15:19; 18:36; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1-2; Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15; more at Fire, Friend, Happiness, Lamb, Love, Man, Nation, People, World)

Monday, April 14, 2014

It might be well for us not to turn away too quickly from Judas, with a feeling of abhorrence. He is nearer to us than we imagine. He did nothing else than to hold this last, inner position of man against God in a critical moment and with obstinacy. He profoundly perceived that with Jesus and himself it was either He or “I,” and he decided for the “I.”
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), from “Jesus and Judas”, in Come Holy Spirit: Sermons, New York: Round Table Press, 1933, reprint, Mowbrays, 1978, p. 131 (see the book; see also Matt. 27:3-5; Ps. 109:8; Zech.11:12-13; Matt. 26:14-16; Mark 14:43-46; Luke 22:3-6; John 13:27; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; more at Betrayal, Criticism, Depravity, God, Jesus, Perception)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It was on the last night of His life, when His enemies were all around Him, that He spoke to His disciples of the joy that no man taketh away. Read again the story of His Passion: Jesus is seen throughout as calm, quiet, and confident. His last word is, “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit.” Someone may say, “Yes, but He knew that He was going to rise from the dead.” But have we not the same promise for ourselves? [Continued tomorrow]
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 33 (see the book; see also John 16:19-22; Luke 23:46; John 5:25; 6:40; 16:33; 1 Cor. 6:14; Phil. 3:10-11; 1 Thess. 4:14-16; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 12:2; more at Calm, Church, Confidence, Death, Disciple, Father, Jesus, Joy, Promise)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[Continued from yesterday]
The ordinary group of worshipping Christians, as the preacher sees them from the pulpit, does not look like a collection of very joyful people, in fact, they look on the whole rather sad, tired, depressed people. It is certain that such people will never win the world for Christ... It is no use trying to pretend: we may speak of joy and preach about it: but, unless we really have the joy of Christ in our hearts and manifest it, our words will carry no conviction to our hearers.
... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 33-34 (see the book; see also John 16:33; Ps. 9:2; Luke 2:10; 6:22-23; 10:20; 24:52; 1 Thess. 1:6; 5:16; 1 Pet. 1:8-9; more at Christ, Church, Conviction, Depression, Heart, Joy, Preach, Sadness, Worship)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Maundy Thursday

How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died.
... Philip Yancey (b. 1949), Soul Survivor, New York: Doubleday, 2001, p. 285 (see the book; see also Matt. 26:56; 9:13; Mark 2:17; 14:29-31,66-72; Luke 5:32; 22:54-61; Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15; more at Betrayal, Church, Death, Disciple, Forget, Jesus)

Friday, April 18, 2014
Good Friday

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How art Thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), included in Masterpieces of Religious Verse, James Dalton Morrison, ed., New York: Harper & Bros., 1948, p. 198 (see the book; see also Matt. 27:27-30; Ps. 69:7; Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 20:18-19; Mark 15:16-19; Luke 23:3-37; John 19:1-3; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:3-5; Heb. 12:2-3; 1 Pet. 3:18-20; more at Anguish, Death, Grace, Grief, Savior, Scorn, Shame, Sinner, Suffer)

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Holy Saturday
Commemoration of Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012

I have spoken of the birth of Jesus Christ as a well-attested fact of history, but, of course, it became that, for the most part, in retrospect. For as the Holy Babe grew to manhood it was only here and there that men recognized what they were seeing—God focused in human form. When the final tragedy came and the forces of darkness conspired to put out the Light, probably a mere handful retained their faith. It was the reverberating miracle of the Resurrection, witnessed and vouched for by hundreds of reliable witnesses, which settled the matter, and transformed dispirited disciples into determined heroes prepared to challenge and change the world.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), God With Us: a Message for Christmas, London: Epworth Press, 1957, p. 9-10 (see the book; see also Luke 24:19-21; Ps. 16:9-11; Jon. 1:17; Matt. 16:16-17; 28:9-10; Mark 16:2-7; Luke 2:27-38; 24:5-7; John 1:4-5; 11:25-26; 20:9-17; Acts 13:30-37; 17:30-31; Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:3-8,14,20-21; more at Challenge, Darkness, Disciple, Faith, Historical, Jesus, Light, Man, Resurrection, Witness)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Christmas Songs and Easter Carols, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1904, p. 35 (see the book; see also Luke 24:1-7; Song of Solomon 8:6; Matt. 28:1-7; Mark 16:2-7; John 1:4-5; 20:1-8; Rom. 8:23-25; Heb. 11:1; 1 Pet. 2:9; more at Christ, Death, Easter, Faith, Hope, Life, Strength)

Monday, April 21, 2014
Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109

The Resurrection narratives are not a picture of survival after death; they record how a totally new mode of being has arisen in the Universe. Something new had appeared in the Universe: as new as the first coming of organic life. This Man, after death, does not get divided into “ghost” and “corpse.” A new mode of being has arisen. That is the story. What are we going to make of it?
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), God in the Dock [1970], ed. Walter Hooper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994, p. 159 (see the book; see also Luke 24:36-43; Matt. 28:9,17-20; Luke 24:15-16,30-31; John 5:28-29; 20:26-27; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; 5:1-5; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 1:18; more at Death & Resurrection, Life, Man, Universe)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Love—and the unity it attests to—is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 36 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:11; John 13:34-35; 17:21; Acts 4:32-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 13:9-10; Gal. 6:10; Col. 1:3-4; 3:12-13; 1 Thess. 4:9; 2 Thess. 1:3; Heb. 13:1; 1 Pet. 3:8; 4:8; 1 John 2:10; 3:10,14,23; 4:11,20-21; more at Christ, Father, Jesus, Knowledge, Love, Unity, World)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Feast of George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
Commemoration of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1988

Jesus came to raise the dead. The only qualification for the gift of the Gospel is to be dead. You don’t have to be smart... You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to be wise. You don’t have to be wonderful. You don’t have to be anything... you just have to be dead. That’s it.
... Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013), The Door Interviews, Mike Yaconelli, Zondervan, 1989, p. 230 (see the book; see also Col. 2:13-14; Matt. 8:22; 17:9;22:31-32; Mark 12:25-27; Luke 9:60; 20:35-38; John 5:21,24-25,28-29; Acts 2:24; 17:32; 26:8; Rom. 4:17; 6:4-5,8-11; 8:10-11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 15:21-22,51-54; 2 Cor. 1:9; Eph. 2:1-5; Rev. 1:17-18; more at Death, Death & Resurrection, Goodness, Gospel, Jesus, Resurrection, Wisdom)

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624

We need to warn [secretly self-complacent] persons that there is no shortcut to holiness. It must be the business of their whole lives to grow in grace and continually to add one virtue to another. It is, as far as possible, “to go on to perfection.”
... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Real Christianity, ed. James Houston, Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2005, p. 170 (see the book; see also Heb. 6:1-2; Ps. 84:7; John 6:27; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 13:11; Gal. 5:22-23; Phil. 2:14-16; 4:8; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 3:13; 4:1,7; 1 Tim. 6:11; Heb. 12:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; 3:14; 1 John 3:7; more at Complacency, Grace, Growth, Holiness, Life, Perfection, Virtue)

Friday, April 25, 2014
Feast of Mark the Evangelist

The radical failure in so-called religion is that its way is from man to God. Starting with man, it seeks to rise to God; and there is no road that way.
... J. Arundel Chapman (1885-1934), The Theology of Karl Barth, London: Epworth Press, 1931, p. 20 (see the book; see also Isa. 40:1-5; Matt. 3:3; Mark 1:2-3; Luke 3:4-6; John 1:23; 10:9; 14:4-6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:1-2; Eph. 2:1-2; 1 Pet. 1:21; more at Failure, God, Man, Religion, Way)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

With [Jesus] the new age had dawned, and the rule of God had broken into history. “Repent,” he cried, “for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Indeed, “He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.”
The Sermon on the Mount, then, is to be seen in this context. It portrays the repentance (metonoia, the complete change of mind) and the righteousness which belong to the kingdom. That is, it describes what human life and humanity look like when they come under the gracious rule of God.
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Sermon on the Mount [1978], InterVarsity Press, 2000, p. 5 (see the book; see also Matt. 4:17; Lev. 11:44; Ps. 37:37; Matt. 4:23; 5:48; 6:8; 10:7; Mark 1:15; Luke 6:35-36; 1 Cor. 7:1; 13:11; Col. 1:28; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; more at God, Grace, Historical, Jesus, Kingdom, Preach, Repentance, Righteousness)

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894

Tune me, O Lord, into one harmony
With thee, one full responsive vibrant chord;
Unto thy praise all love and melody,
Tune me, O Lord.
... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 463 (see the book; see also Ps. 92:1-3; 33:1-3; 68:4; 81:1-3; 98:4-6; 104:33; 144:9-10; 150:3-5; Eph. 5:19-20; Col. 3:16; Rev. 14:2-3; more at God, Harmony, Love, Praise)

Monday, April 28, 2014
Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841

We must be ready, indeed eager, to see God’s Name being hallowed outside the Church as well as inside. It may be that today the philosopher is honouring the Name of God when he insists that we should know what we mean when we utter our religious language and that we should be ready to have that meaning tested. It may be that other philosophers hallow the Name when they refuse to allow us to withdraw it to some supernatural realm, but insist on wrestling with the unknown God in the agony and joy of existence, crying with Jacob, “Tell me, I pray thee, thy Name.” And is not the scientist honouring the Name when he patiently and obediently follows where the evidence leads? Or the social scientist when he asks us to understand what is before we begin pronouncing what ought to be? God does not spend all His time in Church.
... Howard Hewlett Clark (1903-1983), “Sermon at the Opening Service,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 11 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:9; Gen. 32:24-29; Ps. 111:9; Mal. 1:11; Luke 1:48; 11:10; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:15-16; Rev. 4:11; 5:12; more at Church, God, Honor, Knowing God, Philosophy)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380

The Churches belong together in the Church. What that may mean for our ecclesiastical groupings we do not know. We have not discovered the kind of outward manifestation which God wills that we shall give to that inner unity. But we must seek it.
... Hugh Martin (1890-1964) (see also Rom. 3:21-22; Ps. 133:1; Matt. 23:8; John 17:20-21; Acts 4:32; Rom. 8:1-2,13-14; 12:16; Gal. 3:7-9; Phil. 2:1-2; 3:8-9; 1 John 1:3,7; more at Church, Discovery, God, Unity)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922

We ought not to forget that the whole Church, quite as much as any part of it, exists for the sole reason of finally becoming superfluous. Of heaven St. John the Divine said, “I saw no temple therein.”
... Howard A. Johnson (1915-1974), “The Vocation of the Anglican Communion (Theme Address),” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 227 (see the book; see also Rev. 21:22; 1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chr. 2:6; 6:18; Ps. 51:17; Isa. 57:15; 66:1; John 4:23-24; 14:23; 1 Cor. 3:18; 6:19; Eph. 2:21-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 John 3:24; more at Church, Existence, Heaven, Reason, Sight, Temple)


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