Rufus Jones – What is Vital?

The time has come – it is long overdue – for a Christianity that is fresh and vital and in conformity with established truth, but, what is no less important, proves its reality by the test-tube method of corresponding results. Too long our Christianity has consisted of words – has begun and ended in words.Continue reading “Rufus Jones – What is Vital?”

George Bernard Shaw – The True joy of Life

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion thatContinue reading “George Bernard Shaw – The True joy of Life”

Boff on the Liberative Import of the Christian Gospel

In my preparation for my upcoming class on “Culture and Systems Change” at George Fox Seminary, I came across this quote from Leonardo Boff in his book on Base Ecclesial Communities. In it he aptly describes the obstacles those within the early liberation movement faced in building a sustainable movement for justice based on theContinue reading “Boff on the Liberative Import of the Christian Gospel”

Nothing is more practical than finding God…than falling in love

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spendContinue reading “Nothing is more practical than finding God…than falling in love”

A Light Is Lit in Order to Give Light (Romero)

A Christian community is evangelized in order to evangelize. A light is lit in order to give light. A candle is not lit to be put under a bushel, said Christ. It is lit and put up high in order to give light. That is what a true community is like. A community is aContinue reading “A Light Is Lit in Order to Give Light (Romero)”

Our River: John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)

We know the world is rich with streams Renowned in song and story, Whose music murmurs through our dreams Of human love and glory: We know that Arno’s banks are fair, And Rhine has castled shadows, And, poet-tuned, the Doon and Ayr God singing down their meadows. But while, unpictured and unsung By painter orContinue reading “Our River: John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)”

We Must Awaken to Hope…

We must awaken to hope, resisting the temptation to despair that history cannot be any different, that another world is not in fact possible. Here we must remember our sisters Shiphrah and Purah [Hebrew midwives who disobeyed the king of Egypt] and all who have danced defiantly in their footsteps through the ages – womenContinue reading “We Must Awaken to Hope…”