THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
From Martin Luther’s Christmas Book: Let us, then, meditate upon the Nativity just as we see it happening in our own babies. I would not have you contemplate the deity of Christ, the majesty of Christ, but rather his flesh. Look upon the Baby Jesus. Divinity may terrify man. Inexpressible majesty will crush him. That is why Christ took on our humanity, save for sin, that he should not...
What you do the Lord is not in vain. You are not oiling the wheels of a machine...– N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope, (Harper One, 2008), 208. (via germerian)
According to the early Christians, the church doesn’t exist in order to provide...– N.T. Wright, Simply Christian (Harper Collins, 2006) 203-204. (via germerian)
A MORNING PRAYER
Father, you have a plan for this day that is far better than my own. Teach me to trust that your plans are good and can’t be foiled. Help me too, Father, to revel in your love today. Jesus, you’ve already done all that needs to be done to redeem this day. Help me to go through my day with the cross before me and resurrection hope within me. Remind me of your humility so I can be humble, your love...
HOW DO WE READ SCRIPTURE?
Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a light switch. I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author’s name on the shore. But all they want...
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous...– Habakuk 2.4
It costs something to be a true Christian. Let that never be forgotten. To be a...– JC Ryle