Words from the Dead
If the Lord gives us a true catholic spirit, free from a party sectarian zeal, we shall do well…for I am persuaded, unless we all are content to preach Christ, and to keep off from the disputable things, wherein we differ, God will not bless us long.
If we act otherwise, however we may talk of a catholic spirit, we shall only be bringing people over to our own party, and there fetter them. I pray the Lord to keep…me from such a spirit.
~George Whitefield, quoted in Don’t Call It A Comeback (page 40)
Where have we any command in the Bible laid down in stronger terms, and in a more peremptory urgent manner, than the commands of giving to the poor.
Words from the Living
We began to see how, in so many ways, we made our cultural biases into moral principles and then judged people of other races [could substitute for race: denomination, class, culture, etc…] as being inferior.
~Tim Keller in Generous Justice (page xvii)
A lot of times we can get so involved in some system of child rearing that we forget our little kiddos aren’t projects, but people. The end result of our parenting is not to make sure they make us look good in church, or somehow make us a “success.” Our children are hearts and souls who need relationship without us checking off a check list or matching them to books, seminars and people who tell us how it all should be done.