Quick Takes – 4/18/2009

Mark Shead shares a favorite Twitter message . “A train station is where the train stops. A bus station is where the bus stops. On my desk, I have a work station…”

Charles Spurgeon on praying for guidance: “Take your difficulty to God in prayer and say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears’ (1 Sam. 3:9). Do not ask God to confirm your opinion; ask Him to make your opinion conform to His truth.” (Beside Still Waters, p. 26)

Stanley Hauerwas on receiving life as a gift: “Long story short: we don’t get to make our lives up. We get to receive our lives as gifts. The story that says we should have no story except the story we chose … is a lie. To be human is to learn that we don’t get to make up our lives because we’re creatures…. Christian discipleship is about learning to receive our lives as gifts without regret.” (Living Gently in a Violent World, p. 93).

Veggie Tale creator Phil Vischer comments on Christians and fame: “I am growing increasingly convinced that if every one of these kids burning with passion to write a hit Christian song or make that hit Christian movie or start that hit Christian ministry to change the world would instead focus their passion on walking with God on a daily basis, the world would change… Because the world learns about God not by watching Christian movies, but by watching Christians.”

N. D. Wilson explains why he writes stories for children. “For many children, the only nobility, the only joy, the only strength and sacrifice that they see firsthand comes in fiction. Even when children have plenty of joy in their lives, good stories reinforce it. As long as I’m dealing in honesty, I may as well admit that I have been more influenced (as a person) by my childhood readings of Tolkien and Lewis than I have been by any philosophers I read in college and grad school. The events and characters in Narnia and Middle Earth shaped my ideals, my dreams, my goals. Kant just annoyed me.”

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