Quote of Interest

Something to contemplate along the way

Robert Lowery on Biblical Models of the Church

I just finished reading Evangelicalism & the Stone-Campbell Movement. One of the essays was by Robert Lowery on Biblical Models of the Church.

We must both embrace and engage culture, respecting and using those features that help us accomplish our mission. But we must not deny core principles (1 Cor 9:23). We must engage culture to evangelize people. If we view culture as the enemy, then we will tempted to withdraw. Just as dangerous, if we view culture as our friend, we may be tempted to compromise. Paradoxically, then, Christian communities are both cultural and counter-cultural, accepting the positive and the good while rejecting the bad and unhealthy. (p.218)

I think 1 Cor 9:20 is also fitting. We seem to always go to one of the extremes.

Newspaper Quote

In the Süddeutsche Zeitung (as reported in IDEA 43.2021) there was a quote:
Every where in the world people are turning their backs on the mainline church denominations. But while Europeans are trading attendance in worship services for a secular and individualistic lifestyle (preferably in the gym or Yoga courses) people in other regions of the world are streaming to Pentecostal and Evangelical churches.

Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976)

A quote found in IDEA 28.20121 from the communist leader of China. It points out what we as Christians have to offer - Love! It is a shame many who want no part of communism or socialism want a hammer to smash them instead of love.

Der Kommunismus ist nicht Liebe, sondern der Hammer, mit dem wir Feinde zerschlagen.

Communism is not love, instead it is a hammer, with which we smash enemies.

Luther Quotes

While in Wittenberg we saw a couple of quotes from Martin Luther which are good for us to think about, 500 years later!

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New "Religion"

I read this in IDEA and thought it was very astute.

PN -13.3.21

We are experiencing how the freedom in the Arts and the intellectual culture of debate is being ever more replaced by a quasi-religious world view in which everything revolves around the struggle against power structures. This new religion deeply distrusts reason and replaces it with feelings and the affliction/dismay of people.
- John McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics (New York), in a Spiegel (Magazine) interview