CKB on Prayer

I think we have given the sentimentalists much too free a reign to ruin half of our first Christian words and phrases. Think what they have made of love— something so feeble and sugary that a preacher hesitates to use the word. Think what they have made of patience—“a little more folding of the hands to rest” (as the Bible says about something quite different). They have had at this phrase too—“thy will be done.” Such is the state of things that we begin to think of pious resignation, of fol … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

In Jesus we know what God is like. Half the mental suffering one meets springs from wrong ideas about God. Because they have found God in themselves, or in nature, or in philosophy, as soon as suffering comes, people develop a grudge against the universe. Their God is no bigger than themselves, and they hate him and revile him, as you may, I am told, see a savage beating his idol when things have gone wrong. But we meet another God in Jesus, a God who is Master and Lord. Not that we get … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

When people demanded a sign from Jesus he refused point blank. He refused because they were asking for something incontrovertible, something by which God would compel persons to accept Jesus as his Son, his Chosen One, something that would fetter their reason and overpower their will. And God does not go in for that kind of sign. All God’s signs are open to contradiction. So it is in the Old Testament—there is nothing compulsive in Isaiah and his children with the odd names, or in Isa … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB

For the mainstream of the world’s traffic, by now, has built a bypass around Bethlehem. It isn’t interested. It still goes to Rome. To the ideal of brute strength and vitality of empire and domination.--- C.K. Barrett … [Read more...]

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