Category Archives: Quotation

On Mozart & Creation

Karl Barth (1886-1968) was known to start each day listening to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In writing about the influence and importance of the man’s music, particularly in light of the tragic historical events that loomed large in … Continue reading

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Luther on Genesis 5

​“This is the rule, that cross and affliction always precede comfort. God does not comfort any unless they are sad, just as He also does not give life to any unless they are dead and does not declare any righteous … Continue reading

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God is love

I came across this in Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Bible, in reference to 1 John 4:14-16. I’m going to quote the whole section because it’s well worth pondering on. The history of the Lord Christ is the history of … Continue reading

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An Extended Quotation from Colin Gunton writing on Martin Luther

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all. – Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian “Luther’s famous paradox can form our starting point, … Continue reading

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Primary Wonder

Days pass when I forget the mystery. Problems insoluble and problems offering their own ignored solutions jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing their colored clothes; cap and bells. And … Continue reading

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‘To this wisp of smoke…’

Commenting on 1 Peter 1:3-5, Paul Blackham writes the following: Life in this passing age is so fragile and fleeting. As the Scriptures say, our life is like smoke that quickly disappears. Whatever we achieve is soon forgotten. Who remembers … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

This is magnificent.

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Saying Goodbye

Last night at my church small group, we began talking about returning home and reverse culture shock. Many in the group will, in the next few months, uproot themselves from the lives they’ve built here in Norwich and move – … Continue reading

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Birthdays

Psalm 90:13 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. This might change the way I think about birthdays!

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The Bard’s Birthday [Belated!]

  “And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.” William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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