the last enemy and the reigning Lord

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim: "There are many shades in the danger of adventures and gales, and it is only now and then that there appears on the face of facts a sinister violence of intention - that indefinable something which forces it upon the mind and the heart of a man, that this complication of... Continue Reading →

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The truest index of our real situation

C.S. Lewis, from his sermon, "The Weight of Glory": In some sense, as dark to the intellect as it is unendurable to the feelings, we can be both banished from the presence of Him who is present everywhere and erased from the knowledge of Him who knows all. We can be left utterly and absolutely... Continue Reading →

The Witness of Bearing Children

Peter Berger explaining his hypothesis as to why religious people have more children than secular people (here): For a believing Jew, Christian or Muslim, the future of the world, his own future, and that of his children lies in the hands of a compassionate God. Every mother, of any faith or of no faith at... Continue Reading →

Rising in humble confidence

  James Edwards, in his excellent Pillar commentary on the Gospel of Mark, writing on Mark 4:26 - 34: The faith that Jesus requires of disciples is to sleep and rise in humble confidence that God has invaded this troubled world not with a crusade, but with a seed, an imperceptible "fifth column" that will grow... Continue Reading →

A way of living in mystery

"The salvation brought by Jesus is not a salvation of knowledge. The salvation of Jesus is rather a way - of following, of faithfulness, of standing guard at our posts, for 'no one knows about that day or hour' (Mark 13:32). It is not a way of dispensing with mystery but of living in mystery."... Continue Reading →

Christ and the meaning of history

The twentieth-century Church of Christ is spiritually unable to stand against the rapid changes that take place around her because she has not learned to view history from the perspective of the reign of Christ. For that reason, she thinks of the events of her own time in entirely secular terms. She is overcome with... Continue Reading →

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