Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Excerpt from "For Sinners Only: The Book of the Oxford Groups"

"What is the Group teaching about smokes and drinks?" I asked.

"What do you think?"

That is the characteristic Group answer. The decision is left to you. Rigidity over details is unpopular. There are principles in the Fellowship, but no rigid rules. Throw a question at the Group and it comes back to you. Here are certain facts. Interpret them as you think best under God's guidance. "Do anything God lets you." That is the guiding theory of the Group, and that gives freedom.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jerry Andress & 1 Corinthians 1:28

God chose the things that are not—to nullify the things that are.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Gary Numan: Music for Chameleons (1982)

Bassline city!

Thornton Wilder re: Theophilus North

"One of the themes that subtends Theophilus North is that old question -- what does a man do with despair (his rage, his frustration)! What does every different kind of person 'store up' to evade, surmount, transmute, incorporate those aspects of life which are beyond our power to alter. It would seem to be a depressing subject, but it's not."

Dennis Edwards: Don't Look Any Further (1984)

Bassline city!

Thornton Wilder quote:

"All men aspire to excellence. All men strive to incorporate elements of the Absolute into their lives. These efforts are doomed to failure. Every man is an archer whose arrow is aimed to the center of the target; but our arrows are leaden, their feathers are ill...our eyesight is imperfect; our education has failed to distinguish the true from the false targets; the strength in our arm is insufficiently developed."
(taken from his unfinished preface to Theophilus North)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

(disco) Romans 7

"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do...For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing." (Romans 7:15,19)

JAZ Church:

Christian Funk:

Limousine: Holy Spirit (Sweden, 1976)

Richard Rohr on Julian of Norwich:

"As she put it, 'First there is the fall, and then there is the recovery from the fall. But both are the mercy of God.' Maybe you can't believe that until the second half of life."

(from Everything Belongs, p.20,21)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Astronaut (Remi Gaillard)

Graham Tomlin quote:

If all this is anywhere near true, the first stage in a church's approach to its non-Christian neighbours may not be in thinking 'how can we persuade them that it's true?', but by asking 'how can we make them want to know more?' (p. 13)

Luther, Heidelberg Disputation:

"The thirst for glory is not ended by satisfying it but rather by extinguishing it."