Tag: Christianity (home)

Passionate Spirituality: desire, discipline, doctrine, delight

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Spiritual Formation, Christianity

One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.

permalink source: Frederick Buechner
tags: Legalism, Spiritual Formation, Christianity

An outdoor gospel service was in progress. A listener began to heckle the preacher, “Christianity hasn’t done much good. It’s been in the world for 1900 years and look at the state of the world!” Without batting an eyelash, the speaker retorted, “And soap has been in the world longer than that and look at the dirt on your face!”

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Hypocrisy, Christianity

In Europe, by contrast, 49 percent of Danes, 52 percent of Norwegians and 55 percent of Swedes say God does not matter to them at all. When the European Union agrees on a constitution, it will likely dispense with any mention of God. The acerbic British critic A.A. Gill dismisses the Europeans' flirtation with secularism, knowing that people need more. "Christianity," he says, "started out with 11 members and was at its strongest and purest. If it goes back to being 11, or if I'm the only poor creature in the world still afflicted with it, it will make no difference. God will still be there and will still love us unrequited. The world was still round when nobody believed it." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50983-2004Jan2.html

permalink source: Religion, The Eternal Growth Industry - David Yount, The Washington Post Sunday Jan 4, 2004 pB03
tags: Atheism, Church, Christianity

Catholics have a reputation for severity, for judgment that comes down heavily. My experience with Father Martin was not at all like that. He was very kind. He served me tea and biscuits in a tea set that tinkled and rattled at every touch; he treated me like a grown-up; and he told me a story. Or rather, since Christians are so fond of capital letters, a Story. And what a story. The first thing that drew me in was disbelief. What? Humanity sins but it's God's Son who pays the price? I tried to imagine Father saying to me, "Piscine, a lion slipped into the llama pen today and killed two llamas. Yesterday another one killed a black buck. Last week two of them ate the camel. The week before it was painted storks and grey herons. And who's to say for sure who snacked on our golden agouti? The situation has become intolerable. Something must be done. I have decided the only way the lions can atone for their sins is if I feed you to them." "Yes, Father, that would be the right and logical thing to do. Give me a moment to wash up." "Hallelujah, my son." "Hallelujah, Father." What a downright weird story. What peculiar psychology. I asked for another story, one that I might find more satisfying. Surely this religion had more than one story in its bag - religions abound with stories. But Father Martin made me understand that the stories before it - and there were many - were simply prologue to the Christians. Their religion had one Story, and to it they came back again and again, over and over. It was story enough for them. (Yann Martel. Life of Pi)

permalink source: The Life of Pi, p 53 by Yann Martel
tags: Jesus, Cross, Christianity

A real Christian is an odd number. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another; empties himself in order to be filled; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible; hears the inaudible; and knows that which passes knowledge.

permalink source: A. W. Tozer
tags: Spiritual Formation, Christianity

Overall there are two classifications of Christians, the "healthy-minded" and the "morbid-minded." -- William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Psychology, Christianity

Jesus promised his disciples three things: They would be absurdly happy, completely fearless, and in constant trouble.

permalink source: F. R. Maltby
tags: Discipleship, Christianity

Take Christians. I am surrounded by Christians. They are generally speaking a pleasant and agreeable lot, not noticeably different from other people -- even though they, the Christians of the South, the USA, the Western world have killed off more people than all other people put together. Yet I cannot be sure they don’t have the truth. But if they have the truth, why is it the case that they are repellent precisely to the degree that they embrace and advertise the truth? One might even become a Christian if there were few if any Christians around. Have you ever lived in the midst of fifteen million Southern Baptists?... A mystery: If the good news is true, why is not one pleased to hear it?

permalink source: Walker Percy, The Second Coming
tags: Evangelism, Christianity

If you are the light of the world, you can expect to draw flies. By: Tony Campolo Source: lecture, 1988

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Christianity