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— Joseph Cook (via hedgehoghovel)
This global perspective should make us think carefully before asserting “what Christians believe” or “how the church is changing.” All too often, statements about what “modern Christians accept” or what “Catholics today believe,” refer only to what that ever-shrinking remnant of Western Christians and Catholics believe. Such assertions are outrageous today, and as time goes by they will become ever further removed from reality. Europe is demonstrably not the Faith. The era of Western Christianity has passed within our lifetimes, and the day of the Southern churches is dawning. The fact of change itself is undeniable: it has happened, and will continue to happen.
Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
It’s interesting to see what the church will look like within the next 50 years, as the Christian “majority” shifts to the global south and east, and the implications it will have on how we do theology. I, for one, am excited to see the new questions, understandings, and expressions, that this new context will bring.
C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity makes a brilliant observation about gospel -humility at the very end of his chapter on pride. If we were to meet a truly humble person , Lewis says, we would never come away from meeting them thinking they were humble. They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less
Gospel-humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. It is an end to thoughts such as, ‘I’m in this room with these people, does that make me look good? Do I want to be here?’ True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. The freedom of self-forgetfulness. The blessed rest that only self-forgetfulness brings.
— Timothy Keller (via definedbyyou)
2013 was exceedingly above anything I could ever imagine, conjure up & ask for. To all who made 2013 special, thank you! And Jesus, thank You for Your faithfulness & grace throughout 2013. I love You! #allthingsworkoutforgood #thebestisyettocome #rachelrambles
may Christ become visible in my life in such a way that it causes Him to become more visible in yours.
There have been times in my life, when I felt heavy and burdened, that I had the most amazing dreams.
I would see nothing, but I would hear something. A melody. A word. Something new, like Jesus singing over me in my dreams.
I lost those songs when I threw away all my music a year or so ago. And I’m feeling overdue for another.
Jesus, I crave Your nearness. I long for Your voice. Oh sweet Lover of my soul, come near.