Friday, December 05, 2008

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

-- G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest person, it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."

--Edward Sandford Martin

Sunday, October 05, 2008

"The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us."

-- Paul Valery, 1895, French critic & poet (1871 - 1945)

Monday, September 29, 2008

"The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too."

-- Oscar Levant

Monday, August 04, 2008

"In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise."

-- Richard Halverson, former Chaplain of the United States Senate

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

-- Martin Luther

Sunday, July 20, 2008

"Christianity is a battle, not a dream."

-- Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)

Friday, July 18, 2008

"The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on."

--Robert Bloch

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber-barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber-baron's cruelty may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

-- C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"You are Christian only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in, so long as you emphasize the need of conversion both for yourself and for the world, so long as you in no way let yourself become established in the situation of the world, so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come. You are Christian only when you believe you have a role to play in the realization of the new kingdom, and when you urge everyone you meet with holy unrest to make haste so that the promise might soon be fulfilled. So long as you live as a Christian you keep looking for a new order, a new structure, a new life."

-- Henri Nouwen

Monday, July 07, 2008

"The truth isn't the truth until people believe you, and they can't believe you if they don't know what you're saying, and they can't know what you're saying if they don't listen to you, and they won't listen to you if you're not interesting, and you won't be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly."

-- Bill Bernbach

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

"The wilderness constantly reminds me that wholeness is not about perfection.... I have been astonished to see how nature uses devastation to stimulate new growth, slowly but persistently healing her own wounds. Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness---mine, yours, ours---need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life."

-- Parker Palmer

Monday, June 30, 2008

"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which."

-- Douglas Adams

Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Nice is highly overrated."

--Marcus Baker

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause."

-- P.J. O'Rourke

Thursday, June 05, 2008

"If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done."

--Ludwig Wittgenstein

Friday, May 23, 2008

"One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us."

-- Kurt Vonnegut

Thursday, May 22, 2008

"The Holy Spirit of the eternal God has come. The Spirit is here: living in us, sanctifying us, strengthening us, consoling us…. The center of all reality, the innermost heart of all infinity, the love of the all-holy God has become our center, our heart. True and absolute reality now lives in our nothingness; the strength of God vitalizes our weakness: eternal life lives in mortal human beings. The only thing that nightfall really means now is that we cannot grasp the meaning of the day that has dawned on us since Pentecost—the day that will see no sunset."

-- Karl Rahner, SJ

Saturday, May 10, 2008

"We must sometimes get away from the Authorized Version (King James Bible), if for no other reason, simply because it is so beautiful and so solemn. Beauty exalts, but beauty also lulls. Early associations endear, but they also confuse. Through that beautiful solemnity, the transporting or horrifying realities of which the Book tells may come to us blunted and disarmed, and we may only sigh with tranquil veneration when we ought to be burning with shame, or struck dumb with terror, or carried out of ourselves by ravishing hopes and adorations."
-- C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."

-- Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn."

-- Lyndon B. Johnson

Monday, April 21, 2008

"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."

-- Stephen Hawking

Friday, March 21, 2008

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

-- Arthur C. Clarke

Sunday, March 16, 2008

“The power of clear vision is called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

-- George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, March 15, 2008

"Our relation to God is unrighteous. Secretly we are ourselves the masters in this relationship. We are not concerned with God, but with our own requirements, to which God must adjust Himself. Our arrogance demands that, in addition to everything else, some super-world should also be known and accessible to us. Our conduct calls for some deeper sanction, some approbation and remuneration from another world.

"Our well-regulated, pleasurable life longs for some
hours of devotion, some prolongation into infinity. And so, when we set God upon the throne of the world, we mean by God ourselves. In "believing" on Him, we justify, enjoy, and adore ourselves."

-- Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

“I’m not a member of any organized political party, I’m a Democrat!”

-- Will Rogers

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"What, after all, are the world's deepest problems? They are what they always have been, the individual's problems--the meaning of life and death, the mastery of self, the quest for value and worth-whileness and freedom within, the transcending of loneliness, the longing for love and a sense of significance, and for peace. Society's problems are deep, but the individual's problems go deeper; Solzhenitsyn, Dostoyevsky, or Shakespeare will show us that, if we hesitate to take it from the Bible."

-- James I. Packer (b.1926), "Jesus Christ the Lord: The
New Testament Doctrine of the Incarnation"

Monday, February 04, 2008

"Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder."

-- Leon Kass, medical ethicist, arguing against human cloning

Friday, February 01, 2008


'Sorry! 'monmywaytochurch.'

The deepest sins are camouflaged as holiness."

-- Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2001)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

"One of the biggest blows to Christianity's vitality and legitimacy occurred on the day that Constantine made it the official religion of the Empire. Nobody in his or her right mind would want to be a member of a socially acceptable religion. It's very dangerous for the soul."

-- Phyllis Tickle

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"When I was a delegate at the 1975 Assembly of the World Council of Churches I found over and over again that it was when we said what we really meant, expressing ourselves and our viewpoints most clearly, that real fellowship and trust came about — not when we hid the light of truth under a bushel of tolerance."

-- N.T. Wright

Saturday, January 05, 2008

"Never in my 15 years at 'Charisma' have I known a time of such intense spiritual turbulence. ...recent religious scandals have so tarnished our credibility that we have become a curious freak show. Many unbelievers now associate ministers with wife-swapping, wife-beating, no-fault divorce, gay affairs and $10,000-a-night hotel rooms. We need a Holy Ghost housecleaning."

-- J. Lee Grady, editor of "Charisma" magazine.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

"If you cannot convince them, confuse them."

-- Harry S. Truman (my first cousin, twice removed)