Thought Provokers to read before Sunday, july 3, 2016

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This Thought Provokers may help you meditate on the Gospel reading for Sunday, July 3, 2016: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of a ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest! I will not equivocate! I will not excuse! I will not retreat a single inch! AND I WILL BE HEARD!

The abolitionist editor, William Lloyd Garrison, as he began his fight against slavery.

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Some people decide to be saved at the eleventh hour,
and die at ten-thirty.

Author unknown

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Mark Jacobson is a novelist and a columnist, a very sophisticated fellow. He didn’t count himself an atheist, but neither did he have much to do with the church. Then he heard his five-year-old daughter, Rae, say, “God does not exist, and it’s dumb to believe he does.” He asked her who had told her that, and she said, “No one, I just think it.”

That got his attention. He said to his wife, “Who does she think she is with this no God stuff; some five-year-old Albert Camus?” He decided that he needed to get serious about her religious training–which meant that he also had to get serious about his own Christian commitment. He says:

For if a value system is going to be involuntarily absorbed by a kid of mine,
I’d rather it be a 2,500 year old system,
the product of the constant working and reworking
of the most creative minds of a culture
than a tinny narrative worked up during a twenty-minute meeting
in a sleek-lined NBC story-conference room.

Beyond that is the crazy thought it might be possible
that one of my children has a special talent for accepting God,
knowing him, loving him.
It’s something parents should do.

What a weird way it would be to return to the fold.

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Does not the Church, in spite of her eternally heightened prestige,
often seem rather to be lingering on
as a mere decoration for certain private and public occasions?
How much does she really have to say, spiritually,
in that central area of modern life
where the questions essential to present and future are decided?

Hans Kung

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One cannot speak of God
simply by speaking of man in a loud voice.

Karl Barth, The Word of God and the Word of Man

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About Daniel Mochamps

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