thinkingchristianity
Things may appear to go badly for the church, this way or that. There may be real reverses, tragedies, and disasters. And yet the God who has revealed himself in and through Jesus remains sovereign, and his purpose is going ahead whatever the authorities from without, or various controversies from within, may do to try to stop it.
N.T. Wright, “Acts for Everyone” (via pastorjdallen)
threeacresandacrow
'The Church is not a thing like the Athenaeum Club,' he cried.' If the Athenaeum Club lost all its members, the Athenaeum Club would dissolve and cease to exist. But when we belong to the Church we belong to something which is outside all of us which is outside everything you talk about, outside the Cardinals and the Pope. They belong to it, but it does not belong to them. If we all fell dead suddenly, the Church would still somehow exist in God.'
G.K. Chesterton in The Ball and the Cross (via gkchestertonquote)
paulstead

booksandchurches:

Waltham Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, Epping Forest, Essex. King Harold, who stopped off here to pray on his way to the Battle of Hastings, fat lot of good that it did him, was likely buried here, although the location of his grave, which apparently was moved several times, is currently unknown. The bottom picture shows the location of the altar of the old Saxon Church (outside the current building) behind which Harold is said to have been buried. The present building dates from the 12th century, although there has been a church on this spot since the 7th century. The picture above the altar picture shows a Doom painting from the 15th century.

settledthingsstrange
The Reformation was an attempt to put the Bible at the heart of the Church again—not to give it into the hands of private readers. The Bible was to be seen as a public document, the charter of the Church’s life; all believers should have access to it because all would need to know the common language of the Church and the standards by which the Church argued about theology and behaviour. The huge Bibles that were chained up in English churches in the sixteenth century were there as a sign of this. It was only as the rapid development of cheap printing advanced that the Bible as a single affordable volume came to be within everyone’s reach as something for individuals to possess and study in private. The leaders of the Reformation would have been surprised to be associated with any move to encourage anyone and everyone to form their own conclusions about the Bible. For them, it was once again a text to be struggled with in the context of prayer and shared reflection.

Rowan Williams, Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief

I had not heard this articulation before.

(via settledthingsstrange)

alwaysabeautifullife
signum-crucis:

"Traditionally, Christians in Iraq (specifically in Christian towns) put a Cross that lights up at night on top of their homes starting the first week of September in preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Although the refugees are out of their homes and they themselves are carrying their cross every day, some maintained the tradition by placing a Cross by their tents in their refugee camps as a reminder of their tradition and faith. May their faith increase more and more and may the Cross of Jesus give them light, strength and life instead of darkness, weakness and death that they are experiencing every day."
—Sister Luma Khudher OPPhoto by Sister Sara, OP

signum-crucis:

"Traditionally, Christians in Iraq (specifically in Christian towns) put a Cross that lights up at night on top of their homes starting the first week of September in preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Although the refugees are out of their homes and they themselves are carrying their cross every day, some maintained the tradition by placing a Cross by their tents in their refugee camps as a reminder of their tradition and faith. May their faith increase more and more and may the Cross of Jesus give them light, strength and life instead of darkness, weakness and death that they are experiencing every day."

—Sister Luma Khudher OP
Photo by Sister Sara, OP