Friday, August 14, 2009

Blast from the Past: The Shaping of Things to Come

More stuff from 'The Shaping of things to Come' by Hirsch and Frost

"When we speak of our virtues we are competitors, when we confess our sins we become brothers" (Karl Barth)

"In contrast with today, when so much of our Christianity is about being with the right people in the right places at the right time, Jesus was always in the wrong places, with the wrong people, at the wrong times. "

"None of the creeds get to talk at all on right living, the very topic the Bible itself cannot seem to talk enough about."

"Christians have often disputed as to whether what leads the Chrisitan home is good actions of faith in does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary. A serious moral effort is the only thing that will bring you to the point where you throw in the towel. Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair at that point: and out of the Faith in Him good actions must inevitably come. " (CS Lewis)

And in a great section on reconciling the activist and the reflective prayerful type:
"A life of action, movement, energy and striving is the best place for the reflective practices of meditation, prayer and reflection."

"We shape our tools and then our tools shape us (an insight from Marshall McCluhan). We invented the sermon (actually we borrowed the technique from the Greek and Roman philosophers) and then it reinvented us. We have become totally reliant on it. See what happens if you decide not to preach in church next Sunday. "

...and you can apply the same to buildings , (we shape our bulidings, then our buildings shape us), worship songs, theological training, parishes, liturgy, etc.

"One of our friends says that if he could be the same person in three places, he would have acieved holiness. The challenge is to be the same person at church, at work, and at home."

cartoon from the man at cartoon church . It has nothing to do with the quotes (or does it?) but I like it.

originally posted November '06

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