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Quite a lineup of authors listed in the title, eh?   And, of course we can’t ignore the ever present “anonymous”!!!

  • Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
  • To pardon means not to fixate on the past but to create possibilities for persons to change and to realign the course of their lives.  Pardon forges Christian community. (Gustavo Gutierrez)
  • Being sinful in unavoidable.  Being penitent is not.
  • A great act of faith is to go to sleep, abandoning our identity and turning ourselves over to chaos and night.  We uncreate ourselves as if at the end of the world, becoming, as it were, dead in the hope of resurrection in the morning. (G.K. Chesterton in Lunacy and Letters)
  • The true way to overcome evil in class distinctions is not to denounce them as revolutionists denounce them, but to ignore them as children ignore them. (G.K. Chesterton in The Man Who Was Thursday).
  • If I get drunk I shall forget dignity, but if I keep sober, I may still desire drink.  Virtue has the heavy burden of knowledge; sin has often something of the levity of sinlessness. (G.K. Chesterton in The Glass Walking Stick)
  • We do not know enough about the unknown to know that it is unknowable. (William Blake)
  • Question your doubts as much as you question your faith.
  • I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. (Chuck Swindoll)
  • It’s important to use your talents, but if that is the end of it, there will be disillusionment.  All of a sudden you will realize that the ladder you have been climbing is leaning against the wrong wall. (James Dobson)
  • In contemporary society, it is good to be rich, talented, beautiful, or brave.  But unless you are known to be that, you can’t be a celebrity.  And, if you are not a celebrity, you might as well be dead!!! (Lewis Lapham)
  • The wicked may have quick and violent pleasure.  But, steady and abiding joy comes from loving God and neighbor.  Pleasure depends on externals.  Joy comes from a good conscience and the love of God. (Fulton Sheen)
  • The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. (Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Strength to Love)
  •  “Quench not the Spirit.”  “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God.”  In other words, the God of all power asks us not to hurt Him.
  • When churches aspire for relevance, they tend to fall into marketing language, and the language of marketing is meant to mislead. (Kathleen Norris)