Rob Bell: Church is a double-edged sword

Rob Bell on the Church (book source unknown, Velvet Elvis, thanks Jeff Lutz!): “She’s a mystery, isn’t she? Still going after all this time. After the Crusades and the Inquisition and Christian cable television. Still going. And there continue to be people like me who believe she is one of the best ideas ever. In […]

Trust in the Slow Work of God

Glass is one of the slowest forms of liquid (h/t) If I had to name a theological assurance that I put my trust into each and every day, it would be “Trust in the Slow Work of God.” Now, I usually understood it to be an amalgamation of Psalm affirmations (Psalm 37:7-9 comes to mind), […]

You bring your own fire to Hell

Kester Brewin posted recently on a little-known Hindu tale of one of their gods who travels to hell.  While certainly not in the Christian canon, it’s got an interesting final line that I’m still musing on. Enjoy: One day Lal Shabaz Qalander was wandering in the desert with his friend Sheikh Baha ud-Din Zakariya. It […]

There is no such thing as not worshipping

Novelist David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide two years ago, gave a commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005. It has this amazing nugget at the tail-end that I find powerful (h/t Andrew Sullivan): In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as […]

Great Depression, Part Deux? [quote]

We had a study last night on the history of the Christian Church when this quote came up.  This was written in 1985 by Justo Gonzalez in The Story of Christianity: Volume Two – The Reformation to the Present Day about the Great Depression in the 1930.  I have bolded the interesting sections…remember this was […]

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us

Weird convergence of random quotes that all seem to be talking about the same thing. Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous? […]

God is a Hacker, Not an Engineer

Ran across a quote that sounded interesting and lets me geek out a bit; thought I would share. “Contrary to the ultra-Darwinist view, reverse engineering doesn’t always work in biology for the simple reason that God is not an engineer; God’s a hacker.” Francis Crick, Co-discoverer of DNS I think the original reference is the […]

John Wesley Quote for Breakfast

Found on another Methoblog (Richard Hall) today, a quote from John Wesley on the cycles of temptation that christian systems must face. “Does it not seem (and yet this cannot be) that Christianity, true scriptural Christianity, has a tendency, in process of time, to undermine and destroy itself? For wherever true Christianity spreads, it must […]

Quotes for Breakfast: Recovering Christians

Quote of the day is from The Emerging Christian Way (2006), a compilation of progressive Christian theologians and authors.  I found one that screamed HX to me. Recovering Christians outnumber practicing Christians in the world today. Matthew Fox, “A Postdenominational Priest in a Postdenominational Era” found in The Emerging Christian Way, 114. There walk among […]