“To judge faith by vulgar caricatures of religious faith that would make a first year theology student wince is like judging science by eugenics, nuclear warheads and chemical pollutants.”
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
— Albert Einstein
“Stop using media—whether it be digital or stick-on—to try to convict people of sin. Start using media to tell people about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Start using media to tell people—regardless of their spotless or despicable sexual history—how much God loves them and desires a relationship with them.”
In the face of persecution, Jesus’ followers have two reasons to rejoice and be glad.
First, they know that God rewards those who suffer for their faith, and that their reward will indeed be great in heaven.
The second reason Jesus’ followers can rejoice in tribulation is that they stand in good company: In the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you, Jesus says.
Jesus’ climax at the end of the Beatitudes says exactly this: Stand faithful and do not get blown about by the ideologies of the world. … If we lose our distinction from the world’s greed, uncaring, self-centeredness, exclusionism, unfaithfulness, and violence, then we have no purpose.
Humility is one of those words that seems embarrassing in this market-driven age. The meek might inherit the earth—eventually—but not right now.
It is said that successful people do not write good poems.
The 19th century Christian William Temple counselled his congregations to avoid the sort of obsessive religious humility that “consists in being a great deal occupied about yourselves’’.
“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people. It means freedom from thinking about yourself, one way or the other, at all,’’ he said.
There was no greater example of humility than Jesus Christ who “although born rich, became poor’’.
Born amid the dung in a stable, a humble carpenter for most of his life, homeless during his ministry and dying naked on a cross, he placed himself on a very human level.
He expressed, in human terms, the stress he faced via his temptation in the wilderness, and his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The lesson is that sometimes one must go as low as possible to find God.
Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, said our preoccupation with technological communication is creating in us something he calls partial attention disorder.
We have long lists of acquaintances in our mobile phone books, but fewer close friends.
More importantly, we are losing the power to contemplate .
We are finding it difficult to express the soul within us.
The Bible talks of Jesus often just turning his eyes towards Heaven in the midst of a world gone mad.
It was the same for the leaders of the early church Peter and Paul. When confronted by mindless chatter, ignorance and hatred they often turned their eyes to Heaven.
The seeker of the sacred looks up.
This is a nice video…but I always think that most people sitting in church don’t understand or appreciate the subtle references. And as for newbies or the un-saved…forget about using christianese or scripture references!