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Thoughts to Ponder: May 2008

“To take preaching seriously, you need a high theology of the Word of God. When your preaching announces that Jesus is the crucified and risen Lord of the world, things happen. The principalities and powers are called into account. Human beings who once thought the message of someone rising from the dead is ridiculous, actually find that the message of resurrection can transform their lives.” – N. T. Wright – Source:

“To read the Bible as God’s word one must read it with his heart in his mouth, on tip-toe, with eager expectancy, in conversation with God. To read the Bible thoughtlessly or carelessly or academically or professionally is not to read the Bible as God’s Word. As one reads it as a love letter is read, then one reads it as the Word of God.” – Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

“Too often in the body of Christ we are content to let God help us cope when He is fully prepared to fully deliver.” – Jason Knight

“‘Pentecost does not belong to any one denomination,’ says Frank M. Reid, who has been pastor at Bethel – begun by freed slaves in the late 1700s and among the founding members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church – since 1988. ‘It is part of every Christian’s journey. … Every Christian must have a Pentecostal experience – there’s no way around it.'” – Source:

“Forgiveness means the deed is no longer connected with us; we have nothing to do with it, or it with us. Forgiveness is absolute and complete. When we have been forgiven, there is nothing left for which we can be forgiven again. Trying, then, to offer a sacrifice to God to prove our sincerity or to live up to His free gift misses the truth of forgiveness. It would be like tying a string around your finger to remind you not to forget to buy the carton of milk you purchased at the market two days ago! I have been forgiven; you have been forgiven – for all things for all time.” – Daniel A. Brown

“The great Christian revolutions come not by the discovery of something that was not known before. They happen when somebody takes radically something that was always there.”
– H. Richard Niebuhr

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