Here is another little gem from N.T. Wright’s book on the Lord’s Prayer:
We can only pray this prayer for the church if we are prepared to mean: Make us Kingdom Bearers! Make us a community of healed healers; make us a retuned orchestra to play the Kingdom-music until the world takes up the song.
Here is a link to Wheatland’s old blog and a post on the Christian Year. We are fully into the New Christian Year, having just chalked our porches for Epiphany, and I thought this review might be helpful. There are some other Christian Year links below.
HT: BiL (bro-in-law) Rustin
Teason left this quote by G.K. Chesterton in our church’s blog. I agree with him that these words give shape to a missional outlook for our community. You can see all of his comment here: Teason’s Wheatland Comment.
No one doubts that an ordinary man can get on with this world: but we demand not strength enough to get on with it, but strength enough to get it on. Can he hate it enough to change it, and yet love it enough to think it worth changing? Can he look up at its colossal good without once feeling acquiescence? Can he look up at its colossal evil without once feeling despair? Can he, in short, be at once not only a pessimist and an optimist, but a fanatical pessimist and a fanatical optimist? Is he enough of a pagan to die for the world, and enough of a Christian to die to it? In this combination, I maintain, it is the rational optimist who fails, the irrational optimist who succeeds. He is ready to smash the whole universe for the sake of itself.