"Being Christian consists in realizing that we don’t “owe” God a single thing; it’s not as though, in giving, he’s parted with something, and become poorer or more diminished because of it. I would argue that this perversion of our relationship with God lies at the root of the American Dream, the delusion that the endless pursuit of libertas and wealth is an offering to God. Turning God into a ruthless creditor, we pile up money, achievements, property, and empire to settle the debt. And when the money runs out, the achievements fade, the property depreciates, and the empire crumbles, we wail about losing his favor, as if he’s found us unworthy of lending on account of a low cosmic credit score."
"Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride all fear of embarrassment or failure. These things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose."
"For the typical Protestant church member middle class commitments to family, career, and standard of living are so strong that the church commitment is largely instrumental to them and contingent on whether the church appears to serve them. As a result, many local churches tend to become instruments for achieving middle class interests, whether or not these interests can be defended in New Testament terms."
Is anyone else having a problem accessing the individual months on blogs’ archives pages? No matter which browser I use, when I click on the archive area„ the months do not appear like they did just the other day.
Also, if anyone knows how to report this issue, please let me know. Perhaps we could reblog this until this problem is recognized.