¨It seems odd to have to say so, but too much religion is a bad thing. We can’t get too much of God, can’t get too much faith and obedience, can’t get too much love and worship. But religion – the well-intentioned efforts we make to ´get it all together´ for God – can very well get in the way of what God is doing for us. The main and central action is everywhere and always what God had done, is doing, and will do for us. Jesus is the revelation of that action. Our main and central task is to live in responsive obedience to God’s action revealed in the Jesus. Our part in the action is the act of faith.

But more often than not we become impatiently self-important along the way and decide to improve matters with our two cents’ worth. We add on, we supplement, we embellish. But instead of improving on the purity and simplicity of Jesus, we dilute the purity, clutter the simplicity. We become fussily religious, or anxiously religious. We get in the way.¨

— Dr. Eugene H. Peterson

The world of literature has helps me to see the spiritual life differently. Through its soft overtones, it bypasses my natural defenses to educate and nurture me.

Dr. T. R. Glover, an authority on the early centuries A.D. says that one of the reasons why Christianity won the world was because it did better thinking than the rest of the world. It knew how to think deeply. The Christian read the best books, assimilated them, and lived the freest intellectual life than the world had.

Truth can be like a rapturous melody to the trained musician’s ear, a sublime panorama to the artistic painter, or a heart-tugging utterance to the poetic mind or it can be a stifled lifestyle waft from meditative nurture.

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