God gives a gift to us called salvation. That gift is to be enjoyed and shared. But it is under threat and so we must contend. Nobody should like to fight so how do we contend rightly?
Do not remove an ancient boundary stone, set up by your forefathers.
Proverbs 22:28 NIV
Elect from every nation, Yet one over all the earth;
Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses, Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, With every grace endued.
The Church’s One Foundation, hymn by Samuel Stone (1602–63)
I present no revolutionary ideas, no new way to salvation. The road is still narrow (Matthew 7:14). I do not have the gift of softening the sting of the Christian message, of making it seem light or easily borne or quickly assimilated into prevailing modern ideas… I am dedicated to unoriginality.
Thomas Oden (born 1931)
I cannot sufficiently wonder at the madness of certain men, at the impiety of their blinded understanding, at their lust of error, such that, not content with the rule of faith delivered once for all, and received from the times of old, they are every day seeking one novelty after another, and are constantly longing to add, change, take away…
Vincent of Lérins (died 445 AD)
Christianity is unintelligible without enemies. To be a Christian is to be made part of an army against enemies.
Stanley Hauerwaus, Sanctify Them In The Truth
…[it is] at this precise point, the point where Christian ethics can face the firmest resistance from our flesh, the fiercest temptations of the devil, and the most vociferous outrage and ridicule from the world.
blogger Alasdair Roberts
on why sex appears as an important issue