Justin Martyr on: Effects of conversion

“We who formerly treasured money and possessions more than anything else now hand over everything we have to a treasury for all and share it with everyone who needs it. We who formerly hated and murdered one another now live together and share the the same table. We pray for our enemies and try to win those who hate us.” Quote from Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw, p148

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Hermas: on possessions

It’s an interesting idea (although wrong) that things on earth are under an alien power for the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, but right in that not everything has kingdom values and almost nothing is neutral…. “You who are God’s servants are living in a foreign country, for your own city-state is far away from this city-state. Knowing which is yours, why do you acquire fields, costly furnishings, buildings, and frail dwellings here? Anyone who acquires things for himself in this city cannot expect to find the…

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Bonhoeffer on: A son given by God

“This text speaks of the birth of a child, not the revolutionary deed of a strong man, or the breath-taking discovery of a sage, or the pious deed of a saint. It truly boggles the mind: The birth of a child is to bring about the great transformation of all things, is to bring salvation and redemption to all of humanity. As if to shame the most powerful human efforts and achievements, a child is placed in the centre of world history. A child born of humans, a son given…

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