Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius (via quoteessential)
Jesus in his teaching does not simply pronounce laws. Jesus tells stories. He tells a series of pungent, dramatic little narratives which you have to digest, to allow to work on you; and when that has happened, you have to decide what has changed as a result of hearing the story. Listen to those diverse voices. Observe the interplay of events, and at the end of the parable, where are you now? Because you are not where you were at the beginning. And you have had to look at various characters in the story and try and discover what they tell you about yourself. Quite often with the parables, the question that Jesus leaves us with is, ‘Who are you in this story?’ Are you the prodigal son who has come home or are you after all the tiresome and self-righteous elder brother standing with arms folded at the door? Who are you?
Rowan Williams, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer (via eerdblurbs)
Can’t wait for this book.
When one allows Jesus to speak for himself and when one tries to understand him without any preconceived ideas and within the context of his own times, what begins to emerge is a man of extraordinary independence, immense courage and unparalleled authenticity—a man whose insight defies explanation. To deprive this man of his humanity is to deprive him of his greatness. Albert Nolan, Jesus Before Christianity (via contrariansoul)
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