This may seem a bit cheeky to include here, but enough people have asked me “what would you like for Christmas?” that I thought I’d link to my Amazon wishlists. I have two wishlists; one entitled “nice to haves” which I generally just throw things into for my own benefit, and one entitled “Youth Ministry Resources” which features books directly relating to my course and some which would be complimentary to what I’m studying. I’ve updated the priority setting on each item to reflect the appropriate level of desire/need.
If you’re not one of the people who has asked specifically, please feel free to give anyway ;o)
Now I really must get back to writing my essay as the deadline is fast approaching!
If you asked twenty good men what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply ‘Unselfishness’. But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, ‘Love’. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philosophical importance. The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love.
C.S. Lewis – The Weight Of Glory
“For Christians it should not be ‘peace at any price’, but rather ‘love at any cost’.” – Rev. Roy Freestone
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” – Matthew 5:9
We are apt to forget the mystic supernatural touch of God which comes with his call. If a man can tell you how he got the call of God and all about it, it is questionable whether he ever had the call. A call to be a professional man may come in that explicit way, but the call of God is much more supernatural. The realisation of the call of God in a man’s life may come with a sudden thunder clap or by a gradual dawning, but in whatever way it comes, it comes with the under-current of the supernatural, almost the uncanny. It is always accompanied with a glow – something that cannot be put into words. We need to keep the atmosphere of our mind prepared by the Holy Spirit lest we forget the surprise of the touch of God on our lives.