Dead. Jesus is dead.

“These words, ‘Father into your hands I commit my spirit,’ are every bit as frightening as Jesus’ prior cry of abandonment. Jesus is not comforting himself, he is gesturing to the Father that he is ready to face the final work that only Jesus can do. …This is the real and specific death of Jesus, the Saviour of all that has been, is, and is to come, who submits to death by our hands – ‘having said this he breathed his last.’ Dead. Jesus is dead.” – Stanley Hauerwas, Cross…

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Calvin on: The Church

This from Calvin’s commentary on 1 Thessalonians 1:1: “This mark, therefore, is as it were an approval of a true and lawful church…a church is to be sought only where God presides and where Christ reigns, and that, in short, there is no church but that which is founded upon God, is gathered under the auspices of Christ and is united in his name.” That’s my heart to see the church I serve be a place ‘where God presides and Christ reigns’.

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Volf on: Extraordinary Life

“You sit on your couch, beer or soda in your hand and junk food by your side watching TV for hours – that’s ordinary. You work around the clock not because you have to feed your family, but for no other reason than to park a better car in your garage than your neighbours have – that’s ordinary. You get up from your couch to play with your kids or you give time and energy to help educate a prisoner or lend an ear to an elderly person – that’s…

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Volf: God is not a Santa Claus God

“Some scholars of popular religion describe Santa as a god of consumerist materialism whose sole purpose is to give. And indeed, many people think of God in this way, as a Santa Claus conveniently enlarged to divine proportions. God is an infinitely rich, always available, and unfailingly generous giver – or at least, that’s what we feel a god worthy of divinity ought to be…A Santa Claus God demands nothing from us…the difference between a Santa Claus God and a gift-giving God is this: a Santa Claus God gives simply…

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Quotes 

Aristides on: Christians

“It is the Christians, O Emperor, who have sought and found the truth, for they acknowledge God. They do not keep for themselves the goods entrusted to them. They do not covet what belongs to others. They show love to their neighbours. They do not do to another what they would not wish to have done to themselves. They speak gently to those who oppress them, and in this way they make them their friends. It has become their passion to do good to their enemies. They live in the…

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Florovsky on: Community

“Christianity entered history as a new social order, or rather a new social dimension. From the very beginning Christianity was not primarily a ‘doctrine’ but exactly a ‘community’. There was not only a ‘Message’ to be proclaimed and delivered, and a ‘Good News’ to be declared. There was precisely a New Community, distinct and peculiar, in the process of growth and formation, to which members were called and recruited. Indeed, ‘fellowship’ was the basic category of Christian existence.” – Georges Florovsky, ‘Empire and Desert: Antinomies of Christian History’ Taken from…

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