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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Another covey of quotes

"When preaching the gospel became a livelihood, even a lush livelihood, then the gospel became good news for the rich and for the mighty. For how else was the preacher to acquire and secure rank and dignity unless Christianity secured the best for all? Christianity thus ceased to be glad tidings for those who suffer, a message of hope that transfigures suffering into joy, but a guarantee for the enjoyment of life intensified and secured by the hope of eternity." -- Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

"Words are the chariots that ferry the legions of men’s thoughts." -- Benjamin S. Cole, on Baptist Blogger 27 June 2007

"Election campaigns are for choosing presidents, not popes." -- Jeff Jacoby in "Anti-mormonism gets personal"

"Forsaking the distilled wisdom of the past makes every man’s hat his own church." -- Timothy George in “Southern Baptist Ghosts”

"There is no orthodoxy without orthopraxy. It doesn’t exist." -- Tony Jones, in "Whence Hermeneutic Authority?"

"May Elijah and Moses disappear and Jesus Christ the well-pleasing Son be all you see." -- Anonymous, on Grace and Truth to You 28 June 2007

"It is neither necessary nor wise for us to add man-made rules to the Christian faith, not even man-made rules that are consistent with God's word. The Bible is sufficient (II Tim. 3:17)." -- John Kohler III on New Covenant Christian Forum, 05 Jul 2007

"The crowning glory and display of God’s sovereignty to the church is the transformation of rebellious, wicked sinners into saintly vessels of mercy." -- Stanley C. Phillips, in "Choosing Acceptable Words" (e-mailed by Hoyt Sparks 15 July 2007)

"In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Thy redeeming love
And how great is Thy faithfulness."
-- Jeremy Riddle, from his song "Sweetly Broken"


And (just to see whether you're reading)
"Liberals are driven by Satan and lie constantly." -- Ann Coulter in "That was no lady -- that was my husband"

5 comments:

Jim1927 said...

"There is no orthodoxy without orthopraxy. It doesn’t exist." Orthopraxy is a new word to me. I will need a definition. Perhaps the author is playing on the word "praxis"

Cheers,

Jim

Jim1927 said...

ὀρθοπραξις..awe, there we have it. Someone transliterated Greek!

Cheers,

Jim

R. L. Vaughn said...

Jim, orthopraxy may be a fairly new word, as far as usage in the Christian community. Yes, it is related to the word "praxis" -- practice, as distinguished from theory, etc. Orthopraxy, in the religious sense, is "correctness of action or practice," or "orthodox practice."

Orthopraxy has come to be used a lot in the house church movement and by other Christians discussing what is or shoudl be "correct practice."

Tony Jones, who wrote the source quoted, is (in my opinion) a "radical" and far left member of the "Emergent Church" movement. I probably wouldn't agree with him on too many things. But I think the quote is right on. Orthodoxy, to me, is mere theory unless it is put into correct action.

R. L. Vaughn said...

P. S. -- James 2:15-16 would be something of an example of how I see that "there is no orthodoxy without orthopraxy."

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jim1927 said...

Something like the Salvation Army's unofficial motto: "Soup, soap and salvation." Most likely in that order as well. Orthodoxy in practice.

Cheers,

Jim

PS. Still praying for your wife's mother.