And if you expand upon the parable [of the Two Sons from Matthew 21:28-32], you get an instant application of it to the life of the church in all ages. For no matter how much we give lip service to the notion of free grace and dying love, we do not like it. It is just too…indiscriminate. It lets rotten sons and crooked tax farmers and common tarts into the kingdom, and it thumbs its nose at really good people. And it does that, gallingly, for no more reason than the Gospel’s shabby exaltation of dumb trust over worthy works. Such nonsense, we mutter in our hearts; such heartless, immoral folly. We’ll teach God, we say. We will continue to sing “Amazing Grace” in church; but we will jolly well be judicious when it comes to explaining to the riffraff what it actually means. We will assure them, of course, that God loves them and forgives them, but we will make it clear that we expect them to clean up their act before we clasp them seriously to our bosom. We do not want whores and chiselers and practicing gays (even if they are suffering with AIDS) thinking they can just barge in here and fraternize. Above all, we do not want drunk priests, or ministers who cheat on their wives with church organists, standing up there in the pulpit telling us that God forgives such effrontery. We never did such things.
Robert Farrar Capon, The Parables of Judgment, page 109.

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Evening Prayer: Holy Saturday  ~ from A New Zealand Prayer Book

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Bible. Gospels. Selections. Latin. Gospel readings for Holy Week : manuscript, [ca. 1510-ca. 1515].

MS Typ 252

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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75 years ago today, The Grapes of Wrath was published. Celebrate Steinbeck with these beautiful new editions

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Bible Noah vs Russell Crowe Noah from Bibledex.

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Jesus obviously does not answer many questions from you or me. Which is why apologetics…is always such a questionable enterprise. Jesus just doesn’t argue.

Robert Farrar Capon, The Parables of Judgment, page 106.