Man of the Cloth

An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion.

—John Steinbeck - East of Eden (via amanofthecloth)

Don’t pray that God would teach you how to love like He loves; pray that He would fill you with Himself and that He would love in and through you. Don’t pray that He would teach you to have joy; pray that the living God full of joy would enter into you. Don’t pray that He would teach you how to be peaceful; ask for the God of peace, the Prince of peace to infill you. Because if you try to imitate in your own strength, you will be a miserable replica. But if you allow the impartation of Jesus Christ to overtake you, suddenly it all works because it is Him imitating Himself, and He is very good at being God.

—Eric Ludy  (via faithisforeverr)

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We can spend our whole lives searching for cohesion, and in not finding it, turn the world into the shape of our disappointment. Or not. There is no end to grief … that’s how I know there is no end to love.”

David Williams

For Christians, the “Word of God” as known, revealed, disclosed, and embodied in Jesus is the decisive “Word of God.” It outranks the Bible. Jesus is the norm of the Bible. When the Bible and what we see in Jesus conflict, as they sometimes do, Jesus trumps the Bible. This is what it means to say that Jesus is the Word become flesh. In him, Christians see more clearly than anywhere else the character and passion of God.

—Marcus Borg, Speaking Christian (via contrariansoul)

Many people give lip service to the maxim that ‘money can’t buy you happiness’, but most give life-service to the hope that it just might, after all…If you have trained yourself only to get enjoyment from things that cost money, you need to go into a different sort of training.

—NT Wright (via contrariansoul)

Fear tempts us to make safety and self-preservation our highest goals, and when we do so our moral focus becomes the protection of our lives and health. Security becomes the new idol before whom all other gods must bow. In the past, when asked “What is your chief goal?” Christians have given answers such as “friendship with God” (Thomas Aquinas) or “to glorify God and enjoy him forever” (Westminster Catechism, seventeenth century).’ Today, I suspect many Christians would echo the culture in naming “safety” or “security” as the primary good they seek.

—Scott Bader-Saye, Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (via contrariansoul)

The biblical fact is that there are no successful churches. There are, instead, communities of sinners, gathered before God week after week in towns and villages all over the world. The Holy Spirit gathers them and does his work in them. In these communities of sinners, one of the sinners is called pastor and given a designated responsibility in the community. The pastor’s responsibility is to keep the community attentive to God. It is this responsibility that is being abandoned in spades.

—Eugene Peterson

Jesus knew everything Zacchaeus had done and still loved him. It didn’t change Jesus; it changed Zacchaeus.

J.S. (via jspark3000)

God’s disposition towards us never changes. His love changes our disposition toward him.

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