Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Soul Survivor

Culture War

When my turn came to speak, I mentioned that on such issues I seek guidance from the life of a Jew from the first century, who was also involved in a culture war. A rigid religious establishment hounded him throughout his time on earth, worried that his revolutionary message might upset the ruling authorities. And surely the pagan empire he lived under gave him cause for offense. Rome had practices – slavery, mass executions, infanticide, public gladiator games – that no modern state would tolerate. Jesus relied on one main weapon to “fight” the culture wars: sacrificial love. Among the last words he spoke before death were these” “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

From Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey p.290

“The goal of education and formation for the ministry is continually to recognize the Lord’s voice, His face, and His touch in every person we meet.” From Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey Quoted from Henri Nouwen p.315
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