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“Our life in Christ isn’t just about forgiveness of sins and the afterlife, but transformed relationships…” (from Whole Life Transformation).

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“We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the ideas that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can be almost as stupid as cabbage, as long as you doubt”.

~Dallas Willard

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I came across this the other day in something I was reading. I forget what I was reading now, but I scribbled it down in my fake Moleskine because it made sense to me.

People who insist that the sacredness of Scripture depends on belief in creation in a literal six days seem never to insist on a literal reading of ‘to him who asks give,’ or ’sell what you have and give to the money to the poor.’

That really punched me between the eyes. I need to re-evaluate.

*This is not a post about how to interpret Genesis nor is it an announcement that I no longer believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis so please, for the love of Harry Potter, don’t make it out to be so. Please don’t miss the forest through all the toothpicks.

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[I will find a link to this sermon and post it when I do.]

“Fear of hell will never change the fundamental structures of your heart.”

–Tim Keller, from a sermon on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man

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“I hated the hypocrisy that niceness cloaks.”

–Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child, 28

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“The Christian message of justification does not provide justification for doing nothing.”

–Hans Kung, On Being a Christian, 588


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I want to break from the pattern typically followed in these shorts posts by asking you, on the off chance that someone might actually be reading this weekend, to help me understand this quote.

I came across it in a book I am reading called Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor. I confess that on the surface it seems to make sense, but when I think about it a bit more, I become confused and weary. So in an act of blatant disregard for your opinion of my intellect, here goes:

“If you are willing serenely to bear the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a place of shelter.”

–Therese of Lisieux

Would you, kind reader, please help me understand this?

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“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

~Albert Einstein

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It’s not quite a One Line Thought. It’s not quite long enough for a Thought for the Day. It is just long enough to shake me this morning.

“We have made the bitterness of the cross, the revelation of God in the cross of Jesus Christ, tolerable to ourselves by learning to understand it as a necessity for the process of salvation.”

–Jurgen Moltmann, The Crucified God (as quoted by Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, 108)

Maybe it is true that I have taken the cross for granted. For all the preaching I have done about the cross in the past, maybe now, while I’m not preaching, is when I am learning just how much I believe what I used to preach about it.

All I am saying is that this wilderness I am in right now is teaching me more about myself than I care to know, and causing me to lean on God more than I am particularly comfortable doing. I am not sure I am particularly comfortable having to take the cross so seriously not just as the means of my salvation, but as the burden I am asked to take up and carry every single day.

I am learning just how bitter that cross was.

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“In 1977, Denny’s introduced the Grand Slam Breakfast–a value priced breakfast that included eggs, sausage, bacon, and pancakes.”

–Todd Wilbur, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes, 116

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