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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 →

Snell on History

Christians should return to their sources—ad fontes—not only out of pious regard for the past but in expectation of vitality, recognizing the ever ancient as ever new, capable of guiding us through feverish times. We return not in arid commitment... Continue Reading →

Tozer on the Holy Spirit

If the Holy Spirit were to withdraw from the local church, 95% of what was happening there would not change. A.W. Tozer

Pascal on Songs

It’s not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It’s those who write the songs. - Blaise Pascal

Chrysostom on Children and Wealth

We take care of the property that has been given to the children, but not of the children themselves. How senseless! Train the child’s soul first; everything else will come later. When the child’s soul is without virtue, no money... Continue Reading →

de Sales on Imperfections

Do not let us be disheartened by our imperfections - our very perfection lies in diligently contending against them...Our victory does not consist in being insensible to them, but in not consenting to them. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the... Continue Reading →

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