Quote of the Day from CKB

The only really convincing explanation of the world must assume that it was made by God, but that raises difficulties. What about the evil in the world? So, the only God that satisfies the conditions is the God whose Son was incarnate and by taking upon himself human nature and suffering and dying makes atonement for human beings and so redeems them from the bondage of corruption. God is true, and God is living. That is to say, he is not only reality, he is creative reality. God is not … [Read more...]

Patriot’s Day— This One’s Personal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJXqh2rDehgPatriot's Day is a holiday pretty much unique to Boston and Massachusetts. You have the Boston Marathon, and always a Red Sox home game, usually early in the day. Over a half million people in the greater Boston area come out to watch the race which ends on Boylston St. near the Prudential Center. Unlike many marathons, the Boston marathon is not an out and back race or a circular race, it is a race from the little towns just outside Boston into … [Read more...]

CKB on the Prophetic Witness to Jesus

The whole Bible is a book about Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God. This does not mean that it is an Old Moses’ Almanac, nor need we suppose that the prophets always knew how these words would be fulfilled. It is probable that there were some initial disappointments. This may well have been true about Isa. 53 (in a small way a preacher sometimes finds this). See also Jer. 31.31ff. The root fact is that the prophets are always talking about the same God who sent his Son into the world. The … [Read more...]

A Word on Target? An Anecdote from CKB

On one of his visits to Oxford, Dr. Johnson heard the official sermon preached for the benefit of those criminals who had been condemned to die at the assizes. A week or two later, the same learned preacher, preached the University sermon before the University of Oxford. He did a thing which is evidently not restricted to Methodists. He preached the same sermon. Dr. Johnson commented on this and received the usual reply. It was a good sermon and therefore worth preaching more than once. … [Read more...]

CKB Quote of the Day— On Human Nature

The situation we have to deal with, when we confront the situation in which human nature exists, is not rightly thought of as parallel to that of a bud which has to be developed, so that we may hope to watch the human race, as a school of Christian teachers think they can watch children open like flowers to the sun (why not like a cabbage, said a friend of mine). The real situation would be more aptly compared to the Gadarene swine rushing to the precipice. There was only one thing that could … [Read more...]

CKB Quote of the Day— Is God Wrathful Against Sin?

"A learned Jew in Cambridge, Mr. Loewe whose death a few years ago was certainly hastened by his labors for and his passionate sympathy with Jewish refugees once said ‘The trouble with the world today is there is not enough righteous indignation in it.’ Well, how do you expect to find righteous indignation in it if even God is not allowed to have any? Especially in these days when science can make possible so many social sins without social consequences what sanction can there be but--- God?" … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB– Grace and Grace Gifts

‘Having gifts differing according to the grace give to us’. Gifts are acts of grace. In Greek, they are nearly the same word grace is χάρις and gift is χάρισμα. Gifts are not grace, but they are a parable of it, a sign that it is at work. A wedding ring is not a marriage, but it is a sign that a marriage has taken place. A book is not a brain, but it is a sign that a brain has been at work. In the same way, the gifts God gives his people are a sign of the divine life which inspires his Chur … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from CKB– Apostolic Succession?

CKB,in commenting on Romans 9, and God's freedom to choose Jacob over Esau and Isaac over Ishmael for his own purposes adds:"Whenever the Church bases its own life and validity of its ministry on a line of succession connecting it with Augustine of Canterbury or Peter of Rome it is committing the same blasphemy against the sovereign freedom of God to choose his people in creative love, from generation to generation. Of course, the claim to an unbroken succession is bad history, but it is … [Read more...]

Fences— Do They Make Good Neighbors?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHwqON7qiIThere are two famous poetic sayings about fences--- 'good fences make good neighbors' and even more famously Robert Frost's 'something there is that doesn't love a wall'. The recent film starring two world-class actors Denzel Washington as the husband Troy and Viola Davis as the wife Rose is based on the play of August Wilson. Sometimes the adapting of a play for film doesn't work so well, but in this case, especially because of the strength of the … [Read more...]