July 31, 2021

Eugene Peterson on pastoral vocation

 ... the overall context of my particular assignment in the pastoral vocation, as much as I am able to do it, is to see to it that these men and women in my congregation become aware of the possibilities and the promise of living out in personal and local detail what is involved in following Jesus, and be a companion to them as we do it together.  
The Pastor: A Memoir, pp. 246-247.

July 30, 2021

Eric Liddell (Scottish runner and Gold Medalist)

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast.
And when I run, I feel his pleasure."

July 29, 2021

Alexander Whyte quote

Alexander Whyte was a later 19th C. Scottish Pastor of St. George's Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh.  After is death in 1921, his son-in-law wrote a biography of him that Eugene Peterson would later say was one of the great pastor biographies.  This biography included Whyte response to a question of a young pastor starting out.

Whyte said, "Relieve yourself as often as possible, and take a long vacation."

July 28, 2021

Mother Teresa quote

"Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.  Let us begin."

July 27, 2021

Sharon Randall quote

Why do babies tend to make us fall in love with them?
Maybe we are meant to fall in love with everyone,
starting with babies and working up to old people,
all ages, all races, all religions.

July 26, 2021

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great German pastor, theologian, martyr, spy was asked in 1943 how it was possible for the Church to sit back and let Hitler seize absolute power. His firm answer: "It was the teaching of cheap grace."
"Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ."

July 25, 2021

Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost for His Highest"

" The desire that comes into a disciple is not one of doing anything for Jesus, but of being a perfect delight to him."

July 24, 2021

Amish Proverb

 If you sense your faith is unraveling,
go back to where you dropped the
thread of obedience.

July 23, 2021

Faith

 Faith is the bridge between where I am
and the place God is taking me.

July 18, 2021

John Lewis quote

You must be able and prepared to give until you cannot give anymore.
We must use our time and our space on this little planet that we call
Earth to make a lasting contribution, to leave it a little better than we
found it, and now that need is greater than ever before.

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile.
Be hopeful. Be optimistic.  Never, ever be afraid to make some noise
and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.  We will find a way to
make a way out of no way.

July 17, 2021

Jesse Zink quote

The fundamental eschatological virtue is hope, 
the belief expressed in confident action that
God will act to transform our world.

July 16, 2021

Rev. Dr. Karl R. Kraft (Joyful Noiseletter)

"The brain is amazing.  It begins working from the first time we are born, and works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, right up to the time you get up to speak in public."