So long as the church pretends or assumes to preach absolute values, but actually preaches relative and secondary values, it will merely hasten the process of disintegration. We are asked to turn to the church for our enlightenment, but when we do so we find that the voice of the church is not inspired. The voice of the church today, we find, is the echo of our own voices. When we consult the church we hear only what we ourselves have said.
There is only one way out of the spiral, and the way out is the sound of a voice, not our voice, but a voice coming from something beyond ourselves, in the existence of which we cannot disbelieve. It is the duty of pastors to hear this voice, to cause us to hear it, and to tell us what it says.
Fortune Magazine, January 1940
Dear Life Is Worship reader, I want to thank you for your readership and support over the past several years. I need to take a brief break. My family has a serious situation to address (which is why I haven’t posted anything this week), and blogging will have to take a back seat temporarily. I plan to resume posts on Monday, December 15. A few posts may appear between now and then because they were created a while ago.
If you would, please say a prayer for God’s all-sufficient grace for us in our time of weakness.
There is no joy greater than that of forgiven sin, of the assurance that the past is all blotted out, of turning the eyes to God and heaven and hope and love.
Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Lessons: 1917 (Boston: W. A. Wilde Co., 1916), 356.