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A most obstinate misconception associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ is that the gospel is welcome in this world. The conviction endemic among churchfolk persists that, if problems of misapprehension and misrepresentation are overcome and the gospel can be heard in its own integrity, the gospel will be found attractive by people, become popular, and, even, be a success of some sort This idea is both curious and ironical because it is bluntly contradicted in Scripture and in the experience of the continuing biblical witness in history from the event of Pentecost unto the present moment (William Stringfellow, quoted...

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This is in response to some comments concerning my recent post that said, "all truth is God's truth"¬ù. Listen to this account of Warren Farka, founder of the eccentrically funky 8th Day Books: "We hope there is a coherence within this eccentric community of books, an organizing principal of selection: if a book, be it literary, scientific, historical, or theological, sheds light on ultimate questions in an excellent way, then it's a worthy candidate for inclusion in this catalogue. Reality doesn't divide itself into "religious"or "literary" or "secular" spheres, so we don't either; we are convinced that all truths are...

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Here s a thought: It was the inscrutable way of God to win his victories more often by the death of martyrs than by the agency of champions who lived out their span (Edith Simon, Luther Alive, p. 8 ). I agree with this. It throws into question all of our plans, strategies, and predictions, doesn t it? Our estimation of the worth of someone or something is challenged by such proclamations as these. Even Chambers devotional today contained this statement: Jesus Christ s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God s (My Utmost For His Highest)....

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So I come home today after Lisa and I were sitting on the river in front of our house, and there on our steps is a book. I pick it up, wondering who in the world would have left it there. I have a vague memory of this book. I remember the author, Eknath Easwaran. Where did I read him before? Ah! Yes! I read his book, Gandhi the Man. I also read this book on my doorstep, Meditation, years ago. It's all coming back to me now. But, seriously! Who would have left it? Don t my friends know...

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What kind of comfort am I looking for? I remember reading one spiritual teacher being asked, Why are you so cruel? Why do you say things that seem so rude and so hard to accept? His response was something like this: What do you want me to say? Do you want me to stroke you with lies? It is like you go to a surgeon with a serious illness. Do you want him to just stroke your brow and tell you platitudinous lies? Or do you want him to take the scalpel, cut you open, and remove the cancer? This...

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