There are some who seek knowledge for the sake of knowing, and this is unseemly curiosity. And there are some who seek knowledge in order to be known, and this is unseemly vanity. And there are those who seek knowledge in order to sell their knowledge, and this is unseemly quest for gain. But there are also those who seek knowledge in order to edify, and this is charity. And there are those who seek knowledge in order to be edified, and this is prudence.
Bernard of Clairvaux
johnthelutheran
johnthelutheran:

theparisreview:

George Orwell’s review of Mein Kampf. (via)

The final paragraph, in particular, is rather thought-provoking: on the psychological inadequacy of the hedonism that (even in 1940) lay at the heart of “nearly all western thought…, certainly all ‘progressive’ thought.” 
Of course, there are better alternatives to that than Fascism, Nazism or Stalinism. 

johnthelutheran:

theparisreview:

George Orwell’s review of Mein Kampf. (via)

The final paragraph, in particular, is rather thought-provoking: on the psychological inadequacy of the hedonism that (even in 1940) lay at the heart of “nearly all western thought…, certainly all ‘progressive’ thought.” 

Of course, there are better alternatives to that than Fascism, Nazism or Stalinism. 

rootedradical
This modern intimacy and transference of friendship to the private sphere is quite foreign to Jesus’ friendship with his disciples and with people who were publicly known as tax-collectors and sinners. In order to live in his friendship today, Christians must acquire the character of public protection and public respect. The friendship of Jesus cannot be lived and its friendliness cannot be disseminated when friendship is limited to people who are like ourselves and when it is narrowed down to private life. The messianic feast which Jesus celebrates with his own and with the despised and unregarded is not merely ‘the marriage of the soul with God’; it is also ‘the festival of the earth’…When we compare the ancient and the modern concept of friendship it becomes clear that Christians must show the friendship of Jesus in openness for others, and totally. In his Spirit they will become the friends of others. They will spread friendliness through a sane passion for humanity and the freedom of man… Open friendship prepares the ground for a friendly world.
bethmaynard
There is no blueprint on file for becoming a pastor. In becoming one, I have found that it is a most context-specific way of life: the pastor’s emotional life, family life, experience in the faith, and aptitudes worked out in the actual congregation in the neighborhood in which she or he lives — these people just as they are, in this place. No copying. No trying to be successful. The ways in which the vocation of pastor is conceived, develops, and comes to birth is unique to each one.
Eugene Peterson (via bethmaynard)
benghini
There is no greater contribution that can be made by the tiny people of God in the revolution of our age than to be that people, both separate from the world and identified with its needs, both the soul of society (without which it cannot live) and its conscience (without which it cannot be at peace).
John Howard Yoder (via benghini)