Newbigin – The Life of Prayer

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“If anyone tells you that the life of prayer is one uninterrupted experience of being happy with Jesus, do not follow him. He is not a safe guide. Those who follow the Lamb know that there are stretches of darkness and loneliness and perplexity along the way, and they know that Jesus himself went that way….”

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Journey Into Joy, Christian Literature Society, 1972,reprint, Wm. B. Errdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1973, p. 124

Bonhoeffer – Cheap Grace

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“After all, we were told, our salvation had already been accomplished by the grace of God… It was unkind to speak to men like this, for such a cheap offer could only leave them bewildered and tempt them from the way to which they had been called by Christ. Having laid hold on cheap grace, they were barred forever from the knowledge of costly grace. Deceived and weakened, men felt that they were strong now that they were in possession of this cheap grace—whereas they had in fact lost the power to live the life of discipleship and obedience. The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment of work”

…. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 55

Brierley – The Enduring Kingdom of the Spiritual

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“[Jesus’] life and utterance were the proclamation of this new order of things, of this new force by which man was to be ruled. When, unarmed and defenseless, He said to the Roman power, “My Kingdom is not of this world,” He spoke the word of inauguration. Over the kingdom of the elemental forces, over the kingdom of the animal, over the kingdom of the intellect, He beheld rising, with Himself as prophet and embodiment, that kingdom of the spiritual whose forces should be those of purity and sacrifice, love and trust, obedience and service. It is the last of the kingdoms because it is the highest; it will be the most enduring for there is nothing that can take its place….”

J. Brierley (1843-1914), The Life of the Soul, London: James Clarke & Company, 1912, p. 16

Barth – The Community & Service

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“The community does not speak with words alone. It speaks by the very fact of its existence in the world; by its characteristic attitude toward world problems; and, moreover and especially, by its silent service to all the handicapped, weak, and needy of the world. It speaks, finally, by the simple fact that it prays for the world. It does all this because this is the purpose of its summons by the Word of God. It cannot avoid doing these things, since it believes….”

Karl Barth (1886-1968), Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1979, p. 38

J.B. Phillips – The Best and Highest Worship

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“Following the way of Jesus Christ and doing all we can for His cause and for our fellow men expresses something of our worship in action. But how to give Him a present to express our love is a bit of a problem. How can you give God anything when He owns everything? But does He? How about that power to choose, that precious free will that He has given to every living personality and which He so greatly respects? That is the only present we can give—ourselves, with all our powers of spirit, mind, and body—willingly, freely, given because we love Him. That is the best and highest worship that you and I can offer, and I am sure that it is this above all that God most highly appreciates….”

J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Plain Christianity, London: Macmillan, 1954, p. 63