From My Reading

“The poor are the center of the Church. But who are the poor? At first we might think of people who are not like us: people who live in slums, people who go to soup kitchens, people who sleep on the streets, people in prisons, mental hospitals, and nursing homes. But the poor can be very close. They can be in our own families, churches or workplaces. Even closer, the poor can be ourselves, who feel unloved, rejected, or abused” (Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey).

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“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy” (Thomas Merton).

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“This week I read that we are in a particular kind of moment right now — a crisis of discipleship; a failure of spiritual formation. This was said by Michael Wear, who formerly worked in the White House as is now part of the leadership of The And Campaign, which is trying to educate Christians with an end in mind: compassionate policies, and a healthier political culture. (Uh, sign me up.)

And this about our moment of crisis: “[It’s as though] the only purpose of politics is to achieve security, whatever that means, and power, so that we can continue to be Christian in our personal lives. But God has a claim on more than that. So we need to be thinking as a church about what spiritual formation for public life looks like.”

. . . . We are in a crisis. But Fleming Rutledge taught me that “the New Testament Greek word krisis refers to a distinction, as between time and eternity or death and life, which calls for judgment and decision.” We are in a crisis, and its time for judgment and decision. What kind of people are we committed to being?” (Kate Kooyman in Reformed Journal: The Twelve, November 15, 2018).

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“It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need” (Allan Lokos).

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“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these” (George Washington Carver).

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