Richard Sibbes describes the immense mercy of Christ for those who struggle with weaknesses, doubts, fears and sins. But this raises the question - when is an ongoing struggle with sin a weakness with which Christ and the body of Christ must be patient and merciful? And when is an ongoing struggle with sin actually... Continue Reading →
Richard Sibbes, in The Bruised Reed: "When blindness and boldness, ignorance and arrogance, weakness and willfulness, meet together in men, it renders them odious to God, burdensome in society, dangerous in their counsels, disturbers of better purposes, intractable and incapable of better direction, miserable in the issue. Where Christ shows his gracious power in weakness,... Continue Reading →
Kathy Harrison, in her honest and moving book, Another Place at the Table: "It comes as no surprise that finding families willing to open their doors to the rigors of foster parenting is so hard. Fostering means knowing about things most of us would prefer to forget. It means recognizing that our best is often... Continue Reading →
From The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke: "'And remember, my son,' said he, fixing his deep-set eyes upon the face of Artaban, 'the King whom you are seeking is not to be found in a palace, nor among the rich and powerful. If the light of the world and the... Continue Reading →
Poet Christian Wiman: "There are other moments, too, which are simply moments of life. Simply! I think of the poet Paul Eluard: "There is another world, but it is in this one." I have 3-year-old twin daughters. It would be disingenuous in the extreme for me to pretend that they don't at times drive all thought of God... Continue Reading →
I've heard that Saint Augustine told a story of a new bride on the morning after her wedding. With the groom lying beside her, she awakes in love, enthralled. But not with the groom. Instead, the morning after her wedding, she falls helplessly in love not with the man but with his most expensive gift.... Continue Reading →
Gary Thomas, in his book Sacred Marriage: "Kathleen and Thomas Hart refer to the 'paschal mystery' of marriage - the process of dying and rising as a pattern of life for married people. Each day we must die to our own desires and rise as a servant. Each day we are called to identify with... Continue Reading →
Edmund Clowney writes that there are two attitudes that are "fundamental for Christian living in this present world": "on the one hand, humility towards others; on the other, bold resistance to evil." He adds: "They (these two attitudes) are by no means contradictory, as Jesus showed by his example."