THOUGHT PROVOKERS

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(Jesus Christ), being the holiest among the mighty,

the mightiest among the holy,

lifted with his pierced hand empires off their hinges,

and the stream of centuries out of its channel,

and still governs the ages.

Jean Paul Richter

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One of the greatest ironies of the history of Christianity

is that its leaders constantly gave in to the temptation of power–

political power, military power, economic power, or moral and spiritual power–

even though they continued to speak in the name of Jesus,

who did not cling to his divine power

but emptied himself and became as we are.

The temptation to consider power

an apt instrument for the proclamation of the Gospel

is the greatest of all.

Henri Nouwen

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We have become so used to Christmas

that we forget just what an extraordinary event it is which we celebrate.

We create a Jesus who is permanently meek and mild,

and we feel much safer with the warm, fluffy household tabby

to which we have reduced the Lion of Judah.

God is love certainly, but he is not just a soft cuddly toy.

God’s love is expressed in the birth of Jesus,

but it is also expressed in his death.

F. A. J. MacDonald

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What a paradox that a babe in a manger should be called mighty!

Yet even as a baby, Jesus Christ revealed power.

His birth affected the heavens as that star appeared.

The star affected the Magi,

and they left their homes and made that long journey to Jerusalem.

Their announcement shook King Herod and his court.

Jesus’ birth brought angels from heaven

and simple shepherds from their flocks on the hillside.

Midnight became midday as the glory of the Lord appeared to men.

Warren W. Wiersbe

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The Bible strongly denounces the hidden violence of the powerful.

For example, the violence of David

who uses his power to engineer the death of Uriah,

the husband of Bathsheba, the woman he covets….

There are innumerable passages in the prophets,

the Psalms, and the book of Proverbs,

stigmatizing the pride and iniquity of the powerful.

This preaching of humility and poverty culminates in the gospel.

Think of the Beatitudes.

Jesus is violently opposed to the rich and powerful,

especially those who wield spiritual power and abuse it.

Paul Tournier

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About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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