A round-up of five quotes from the blogosphere and beyond....
"God AIMS to fill the universe with the glory of his Son, Jesus, by making the church the showcase of his perfections. Or, to put it another way, and include the idea of body: God means to fill the universe with the glory of his Son by putting the church on display as the embodiment of his Son."
"we/they have whoring hearts. We prefer anything to the Living God of glory -- the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will bend our ear to a word from a walking stick or a piece of wood -- rather than to God. When pieces of wood speak they do not blaze with holiness or call for repentance."
"It is mysterious to me that the centrality of the church is so little preached today. What explains its absence from the vast majority of sermons, Bible studies, and Sunday school classes? How did it just vanish from the thinking of Christians? It’s a detective mystery worthy of Encyclopedia Brown. And it's a problem that we must fix if we are to ever see our people desire life with all God's people above their own self-interests and affinity groups."
"Yes, we should be allowed to declare our faith publicly—especially if the way in which we do so is low-key. But, no, I do not think that any Christian—regardless of their Christian culture or background—should be concerned that by not wearing a cross around their neck, they are “denying Jesus” ...I take it that Muslims and Sikhs wear those items because they believe they are essential to their being right with, or at one with, their god. This cannot be true for a Christian: nothing we do is essential for our salvation; it’s only what Jesus has done."