Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth." - 1 Timothy 3.15

"Alone I cannot serve the Lord effectively, and he will spare no pains to teach me this. He will bring things to an end, allowing doors to close and leaving me ineffectively knocking my head against a wall until I realize that I need the help of the body as well as of the Lord."
-- Watchman Nee

"It is not the business of the church to adapt Christ to men, but men to Christ."
-- Dorothy Sayers

"A community is only a community when the majority of its members are making the transition from 'the community for myself' to 'myself for the community.'"
-- Jean Vanier

"The Bible is all about community: from the Garden of Eden to the City at the end."
-- George MacLeod

"My God, grant me the conversion of my parish; I am willing to suffer all my life whatsoever it may please thee to lay upon me; yes even for a hundred years am I prepared to endure the sharpest pains; only let my people be converted. My God, convert my parish."
-- Cure d'Ars

"Ideally when Christians meet as Christians to take counsel together, their purpose is not -- or should not be -- to ascertain what is in the mind of the majority but what is in the mind of the Holy Spirit -- something which may be quite different."
-- Margaret Thatcher

"I would rather fail in the cause that some day will triumph than triumph in the cause that some day will fail."
-- Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the United States; son of a highly-esteemed Presbyterian minister)

"There is a subtle false teaching that says we can be evangelical without being evangelistic. It has us believe we 'go' to church rather than we 'are' the church."
-- Chris Lyons

"The church that does not evangelize will fossilize."
-- Oswald Smith

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble."
-- Rudyard Kipling (see 1 Corinthians 13.7)

"More people have been brought into the church by the kindness of real Christian love than by all the theological arguments in the world, and more people have been driven from the church by the hardness and ugliness of so-called Christianity than by all the doubts in the world."
-- William Barclay

"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."
-- Tertullian

"The greatest criticism of the church today is that no one wants to persecute it: because there is nothing very much to persecute it about."
-- George MacLeod

"A walloping great congregation is fine, and fun, but what most communities really need is a couple of saints."
-- Martin Thornton

"What makes a good manager?" - someone asked Yogi Berra.
"A good ball club." - Yogi replied

"We are like dwarfs, seated on the shoulders of giants. We see more things than the Ancients, things more distant, but it is due neither to the sharpness of our sight nor the greatness of our stature. It is simply because they have lent us their own."
-- Bernard of Chartres

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