Friday, May 23, 2008


People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Be good anyway.

Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People need help but will attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Kent Keith, made famous by Mother Teresa*

*Kent Keith originated this poem in 1968, and Mother Teresa placed it on her children's home in Calcutta in a slightly different version. As a result, many have attributed it to Mother Teresa.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What do you do?

My apologies for not posting anything for a few weeks, but I have been incredibly busy working on some other projects. Hopefully I'll be blogging again soon.

In the meantime, here is something interesting.

Author and preacher Tony Campolo said that when his wife, Peggy, was at home full time with their children and someone would ask, "And what is it that you do, my dear?" she would respond, "I am socializing two Homo sapiens into the dominant values of the Judeo-Christian tradition in order that they might be instruments for the transformation of the social order into the kind of eschatological utopia that God willed from the beginning of creation."

Then Peggy would ask the other person, "And what do you do?"

From John Ortberg and Ruth Haley, An Ordinary Day with Jesus (Zondervan, 2001), p. 122

Friday, May 02, 2008

Post-Christian and Post-Christadelphian

A friend recently sent me the following quotation from Christian writer and speaker Charles Swindoll:

"We are living in what many have described as the Post Christian Era. That does not mean that there are no longer many Christians around. There may, in fact, be more true believers today than ever before. "Post Christian" simply means that the Christian Faith no longer plays a role in shaping public opinion and policy. Christian assumptions and commitments, once widely held, no longer have the presence and impact they once had".
My friend then added this comment of his own:
Translated, this would mean that "Post Christadelphian" describes those who no longer find that the traditional Christadelphian worldview satisfactorily plays a role in shaping their opinions and "policies." Christadelphian assumptions and commitments, once widely held, no longer have the presence and impact they once had. This does not mean that a "Post Christadelphian" is no longer a "Christadelphian." In reality, many Christadelphians today are readily admitting that they no longer feel that the traditional way of living a "Christadelphian" life, within a traditional Christadelphian "framework" equips them with the necessary "tools" to co-exist in a "Post Christian" society.
I thought this was a valuable insight.