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In the absence of a deep inner life a priest will turn into an office clerk, and his apostolate will turn into a parish office routine, just solving daily problems.
Pope John Paul II quoted Great Souls, p.285
Theology can be a coat of mail which crushes us and in which we freeze to death. It can also be-this is in fact its purpose!-the conscience of the congregation of Christ, its compass and with it all a praise-song of ideas. Which of the two it is depends upon the degree in which listening and praying Christians stand behind the theological business.
Helmut Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, p. 36
They sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with their lips they show much love, but their heart is set on their gain.
Ezekiel 33:31
…theology..has no reason to exist other than to critically accompany the missio Dei.
David Bosch
...all reasoning takes place within the context of some traditional mode of thought.
Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 222
'I have been called a 'declared enemy of historical criticism'...But what I reproach them with is not historical criticism, the right and necessity of which on the contrary I once more explicitly recognize, but the way they stop at an explanation of the text which I cannot call any explanation, but only the first primitive step towards one, namely, establishing 'what is said'...' (Romans, 1921, p. x.)
Karl Barth
Those who give the most lip service to the sinfulness of this world are often those who most want to conserve the way things were 50 years ago.
MOI
Grace is grace despite of all controversy.
Shakespeare
Jesus' preaching is in fact characterized by a large element of simple fact-telling, of simply telling people with authority what actually is.
Dale Bruner, The Christbook, p. 120
In the New Testament the opposite of spirit is not the material, but the impersonal.
John Leith, Basic Christian Doctrine, p. 162
Most misunderstandings come not from missed definitions but from missed contexts.

Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles, p. 85-86
True love does not result in obsession or possession, but in submission.
MOI
The definition of knowledge is not simply an affair of intelligence; it is an affair of the heart, in the biblical sense of heart as the center and source of the whole inner life in its full complex of thought, desire and moral decision.
John Courtney Murray, The Problem of God, p. 21
...it is through conflict and sometimes only through conflict that we learn what our ends and purposes are.
Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 164
The goal of the interpreter is not to seek to discern one conceptual unity within the book, or to reconstruct one consistent line of theological discourse throughout the dialogue, but rather to see how this literature was designed to function as a normative guide within a community of faith, which acknowledges its authority.
Brevard Childs, Intro. to OT as Scripture, p. 533

About Wirkungsgeschichte

25th March 2011

 

Wirkungsgeschichte.com is dedicated to the idea that the gospel is not a
series of propositional truths to be argued, but a reality to be experienced.
The good news is found in the creative interaction of the Holy Spirit and
human culture.  Wirkungsgeschichte.com brings this interaction into focus
with the hope of revealing the fullness of Christ who transcends any particular
culture or generation.  The goal is to develop a “praise song of ideas” which engenders worship, service and love.

 

Autumn Japanese Maple by Garrick Liddell

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“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;


his greatness no one can fathom.


One generation commends your work to another;


they tell of your mighty acts.


They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty-


I will meditate upon your wonderful works.


They tell of the power of your awesome works-

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and I will proclaim your great deeds.


They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your


righteousness.”

………………………………………………………………….Psalm 145:3-7

 
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