Thought Provokers

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Thought Provokers that may help you meditate on the text of the Gospel for Sunday,May 3, 2015 (John 15:1-8).

A good home is authoritarian, for if a wise mother sees her young son about to eat poison berries, she stops him. She does not say: “I must not coerce him. He must make his own discovery of truth.” …But a good home is also…an honoring of personality. So any sound education is both authoritarian and free.

George A. Buttrick, Christ and Man’s Dilemma
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Joe Louis was a great boxer. In 1937, he became heavyweight champion of the world, and in 1954 he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
But when Joe Louis was just getting started, he asked Jack Blackburn to train him. Blackburn agreed, but he had one condition. He told Joe, “You got to jump when I say jump, sleep when I say sleep. Otherwise you’re wasting my time.” Joe did that, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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I have on my table a violin string. It is free.
I twist one end of it and it responds. It is free.
But it is not free to do what a violin string is supposed to do–produce music.
So I take it, fix it in my violin and tighten it until it is taut.
Only then is it free to be a violin string.

Sir Rabindranath Tagore
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(We should not) think of the spiritual disciplines as some dull drudgery aimed at exterminating laughter from the face of the earth. Joy is the keynote of all the disciplines. The purpose of the disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear. When one’s inner spirit is set free from all that holds it down, that can hardly be described as dull drudgery. Singing, dancing, even shouting, characterize the disciplines of the spiritual life.

Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
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You can never go wrong
by giving a youngster lots of love and kisses
mixed with discipline.
Child training is merely knowing which end of your child to pat…
and when.

Jan Marshall, Still Hanging In There
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About Daniel Mochamps

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