“It is not my purpose to present a theory of missions, but simply to give a clear and consecutive story of my father’s life.”—Edward Judson, in the Life of Adoniram Judson, a biography of his father. My Bible study group is starting to read “To the Golden Shore,” a biography of Judson by Courtney Anderson and I came across this quote. It seems to me that the world would be better served with more stories and less theories.
“A faith which held that the Son of God was born in a manger, associated himself with persons of humble station in an unimportant Province, and died a slave’s death, yet did this to redeem all men, rich and poor, free men and slaves, citizens and barbarians, required a completely new way of looking at human beings; if all are children of God and equally capable of salvation, then all, irrespective of status or talent, vice or virtue, merit the serious attention of the poet, the novelist, and the historian.”—W. H. Auden, qtd. here
“God’s power in the world is ambiguous. It doesn’t look like power—in fact, it looks suspiciously like a worthless weed that we’d like to root out of the field—but it is nevertheless working, in stealth fashion, to produce something of great size and pervasive impact.”—What Shall We Say? by Thomas G. Long. This book looks like an interesting contribution to the never ending ongoing discussion of theodicy.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.