Elder

The Turn

If you believe in God, what may you hope for? Everything, or at least everything that really matters: the ultimate triumph of life over death, justice over injustice, peace over war, love over hate and happiness over unhappiness. ‘An infinity of happiness in an infinity of life,’ as Pascal put it…

‘What can people hope for who have never believed in God or who have ceased believing in him? Nothing—that is, nothing absolute or eternal, nothing beyond the “darkest reaches of death”—which means that all our hopes for this life, no matter how legitimate (less war, less suffering, less injustice) run up against that ultimate nothingness… This by no means prevents us from struggling for justice, but it does prevent us from believing in it completely or believing that its triumph can be permanent. In a word, Pascal, Kant and Kierkegaard were right: There is no way for a lucid atheist to avoid despair.’
— André Comte-Sponville, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

John 20:11-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Longed-For, Unexpected King

Jesus still rides on the back of a donkey when he rides into human hearts. He will never use a battering ram to break down our resistance. He will never come to us on a prancing war charger and intimidate us into acceptance of him. On the contrary, he comes not galloping to his throne over the dead bodies of his enemies, but humble in amazing weakness on the back of a donkey.
— John Stott

John 12:12-19

Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 

Woman at the Well

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
— C.S. Lewis

John 4:1-26

Sunday, January 5, 2014