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A 17th Century nun on aging

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from... Continue Reading →

Lewis on Obedience and Authority

Obedience accepted with delight and authority exercised with humility are the very lines along with our spirits live. C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

John Bunyan on the Gospel

"Run, John, run" the Law commands But gives me neither feet nor hands. Far better news the Gospel brings It bids me, "Fly!" - and gives me wings. John Bunyan

Williamson on worship

Obedience means allowing God to be our Lord. The essence of worship is not the songs that begin our church service. Worship begins when we declare, “Your ways not mine.” Sam Williamson, Beliefs of the Heart blog

Lewis on how to make an impression

You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Owen on secret prayer

A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. John Owen

Salinger on Humility

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Armstrong on Community

We have become “gyrovagues”: wandering Christians—demanding maximum freedom to come and go as we please, recognizing no communal authority, practicing only the loosest, most elective forms of “network community.” We are undisciplined and unattached: allergic to rules, disciplines, obedience to... Continue Reading →

Gardner on the false self

Human beings have always employed an enormous amount of clever devices for running away from themselves. We can keep ourselves busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many... Continue Reading →

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