September 15, 2021

Norm Macdonald quote

 Comedian Norm Macdonald died yesterday after a battle with cancer. Here is his quote on the subject:

"And I'm pretty sure, I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure if you die,
the cancer dies at the same time.  That's not a loss.  That's a draw."

September 11, 2021

Author Lee Child's character: Jack Reacher

 Any day could be the last of life or liberty,
so small pleasures were always worth pursuing.

September 4, 2021

Mary M. McGlone quote

Scholars remind us that the Gospels are faith reflections, not biographies or history.  That means that they were written to be read in the light of Jesus' resurrection, the mind-blowing event that transformed believers' understanding of everything else.  From the experience of knowing the risen Christ, they could look back and decipher all the signs the disciples failed to grasp during their sojourn with Jesus.

September 3, 2021

Noble Spencer quote

Fascinated by how the behavior of the people who took 3 pieces of pizza at the pizza party because they thought it would run out and the people who took 1 piece for the exact same reason is such a perfect encapsulation of American beliefs about community.

September 2, 2021

From Peter W. Marty, Christian Century August 25, 2021

 When Primo Levi wrote about being an Auschwitz survivor,
his thoughts went directly to the man who smuggled soup and
bread to him every day.  "I am alive today, not so much because
of [Lorenzo's] material aid, as for his having constantly reminded
me by his presence, by his plain and gentle manner of being good,
that there still existed a just world outside our own, something and
someone still pure and whole."
Levi regularly pointed to two kinds of goodness that made his
survival in Auschwitz possible.  One was the food that allowed
him to eke out an existence.  The other was the warm and gentle
spirit of Lorenzo.

September 1, 2021

Christian Century, August 25, 2021

 "...a simple truth about human nature:
we are better at attending to the needs of neighbors nearby
that attending to the needs of strangers at a distance."

August 31, 2021

10 Commandments

 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments."        Deuteronomy 5 and Exodus 20

You shall not make for yourself an idol includes nationalistic flags.

August 6, 2021

Henri Nouwen quote

Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy and keep
choosing it everyday.

August 5, 2021

Lou Holtz quote

Wanna be happy for an hour, eat a steak.
Wanna be happy for a day, play golf.
Wanna be happy for a week, go on a cruise.
Wanna be happy for a lifetime, put your faith in Jesus Christ.

August 4, 2021

Najwa Zebian quote

Never wish them pain.
That's not who you are.
If they caused you pain,
They must have pain inside.
Wish them healing.

August 3, 2021

Harry Emerson Fosdick quote

 In his 1943 book On Being a Real Person, Harry Emerson Fosdick 
describes what it's like to live with a "loss of centrality"

"The fundamental sin of our being is to be chaotic and unfocused ....
The primary command of our being is to get yourself together."

Peter W. Marty adds in Christian Century (July 28, 2021)

"The basic points is: for life to be good and beautiful and true,
we have to find a way to make God central to our lives, not peripheral.
God wants to be central to the way we think, act, speak, and purchase.
There's a reason why the tree of knowledge of good and evil is in the
center or middle of the garden."

August 2, 2021

"Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville

There is a turbulent scene ... The sailors are laboring fiercely ....
The cosmic conflict between good and evil is joined;chaotic sea 
and demonic sea monster versus the morally outraged man, Captain Ahab.
In this boat, however, there is one man who does nothing.
He doesn't hold an oar; he doesn't perspire; he doesn't shout.
He is languid in the crash and the cursing.
This man is the harpooner, quiet and poised, waiting.
And then this sentence:  "To insure the greatest efficiency
in the dart, the harpooners of this world must start to their 
feet out of idleness, and not out of toil."

Concludes Eugene Peterson in his autobiography, Pastor: A Memoir:
The white whale, symbol of evil, and the crippled captain,
personification of violated righteousness, are joined in battle.
History is a novel of spiritual conflict.
The church is a whaleboat.
In such a world, noise is inevitable, and immense energy is
expended. But if there is no harpooner in the boat, there
will be no proper finish to the chase.  Or if the harpooner
is exhausted, having abandoned his assignment and
become an oarsman, he will not be ready and accurate
when it is time to throw the javelin.  (page 282)