Patricia Sun: Heaven and hell

“There is only one thing keeping us from having heaven on earth: we can’t believe it! Why? Because we don’t want to be wrong – so we’ll be right and make it hell! ”

-–Patricia Sun

Heaven and Hell (Vangelis album)

Heaven and Hell (Vangelis album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bill Hybels: Cross, not a crown

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God led Jesus to a cross, not a crown, and yet that cross ultimately proved to be the gateway to freedom and forgiveness for every sinner in the world. God also asks us as Jesus’ followers to carry a cross. Paradoxically, in carrying that cross, we find liberty and joy and fulfillment.

Bill Hybels
WillowCreekCommunityChurch

William Gurnall: Withdrawing God

Smith-Volterra set. Fractal built by withdrawi...

Smith-Volterra set. Fractal built by withdrawing the middle 1/4 at each iteration. Nowhere dense but has a Lebesgue mesure of ½. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“The Christian must trust in a withdrawing God. ”
William Gurnall

 

Pope Benedict XVI: Christianity

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.”
-Pope Benedict XVI, May 2004