Apothegms and Observations II

  1. Confession between acquaintances is helpful. Confession between brothers changes a life.
  2. The best books do not tell us something new. The best books tell us something we have always known, but never understood.
  3. The essence of community is trust. Without trust, brothers are aliens.
  4. The righteous man is worthy of trust, but he rarely asks for trust. Nevertheless, he receives it.
  5. Trust is not begun by being trustworthy, it is begun by hope. Trust is not maintained by grace, but by trustworthiness. Broken trust is restored by hope and trustworthiness together. Trust is not naive.
  6. To be trusted, become trustworthy.
  7. To forgive belongs to you alone. To trust belongs to both of you.
  8. How can we love the brother far away if we do not love the brother that is near?
  9. A love of freedom destroys freedom. Ask yourself, was Sartre free?
  10. Evil is not completely defeated until it is replaced with good.
  11. All artists are religious.
  12. I fear for the child who has no one to trust.
  13. A rebuke from a stranger is helpful. A rebuke from a brother changes a life.
  14. The fellowshipless bookworm is unaware that he is lost.
  15. Repentance has not occurred until change has occurred.
  16. James 2:15-16 is not talking about physical needs alone.
  17. The thing about the Golden Rule is that different people like to be treated differently.
  18. If our sins are easy to see, we are fortunate.
  19. Art’s je ne sais quoi is God.
  20. Straw man attacks against Christianity can be seen as warnings.
  21. Men and women are, somehow, different.
  22. Every family is complicated. The Church is no exception.
  23. For some griefs there are no words of comfort, only shared tears.
  24. For some joys there are no words of delight, only shared tears.
  25. Being slow to anger does not mean being without anger.
  26. The Bible tells us to make a joyful noise, not a harmonious noise.
  27. Confucius’ greatest wisdom was this: “The gentleman is ashamed that his words have outstripped his deeds.” I ought to be ashamed.
  28. Proverbs 26:1-11 is a crescendo describing how bad it is to be a fool. How powerful the climax, verse 12, becomes.

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