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The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass
by Robert McAfee Brown

The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass
house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
- Robert McAfee Brown

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
- Robert McAfee Brown

Prayer for many is like a foreign land.
When we go there, we go as tourists.
Like most tourists, we feel uncomfortable and out of place.
Like most tourists, we therefore move on before too
long and go somewhere else.
- Robert McAfee Brown

I love you when you bow in your mosque,
kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
For you and I are sons of one religion,
and it is the Spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

 

The cathedral of my God of no church
is the entirety of the universe.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

Anyone who thinks sitting in church
can make you a Christian must also think
that sitting in a garage can make you a car.
- Garrison Keillor

Really I feel less keen about the Army every day.
I think the Church would suit me better.
- Winston Churchill

I sang in the choir for years, even though my family
belonged to another church.
- Paul Lynde

We went to church every Sunday.
When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
- Darius Rucker

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
- Marquis de Sade

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain

I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.
- Al Green

Mom and Dad would stay in bed on Sunday morning,
but the kids would have to go to church.
- Lynn Johnston

I am also actively involved in my church and its community activities.
We have programs to improve the lives of our congregation
and programs of outreach in the community.
- Samuel Wilson

I was brought up as a Catholic and went to church every
week and took the sacraments.
It never really touched the core of my being.
- Sting

Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull.
- Vance Havner

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling
blocks in the way of women's emancipation.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Art, that great undogmatized church.
- Ellen Key

I had explained that a woman's asking for equality
in the church would be comparable to a black person's
demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
- Mary Daly

I went to a church where you could not sing out loud
in the service until you had been saved.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

No one can fail to see that the power of the Church
among large numbers in many communities is today diminishing,
or has already ceased.
- Felix Adler

The mission proper to the Church is that of proclaiming the Gospel.
- Karl Lehmann

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich,
healthy blood to a sick man.
- Dwight L. Moody

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without
a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
- Leo Rosten

Until they put that sand and dirt in my face I will
not sit in church all day.
- Alberta Hunter

I have confidence that the Unitarian Church will steadily
grow and will help to sustain many of my fellow citizens
in these important days that lie ahead of us.
- Leverett Saltonstall

The church must be the critic and guide of the state,
and never its tool.
- Lynn Lavner

We are insisting and we will continue to insist that
this faith of the church must continue to be upheld come rain,
come fire.
That is our position.
- Peter Akinola

You know how the church has been hit so hard by the
sexual misconduct by clergy,
and what's that's done to Catholics,
especially here in Boston but elsewhere as well.
- William P. Leahy

If I could believe the Quakers banned music because
church music is so damn bad,
I should view them with approval.
- Ezra Pound

We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church,
which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning,
its contents and purpose, to taste and see how good the Lord is.
- Arthur Middleton

It was not just the Church that resisted the heliocentrism of Copernicus.
- Tycho Brahe

I like the aesthetics of the Church.
- Andres Serrano

How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear,
and if there were ever any records of this kind the
Church would hardly allow them to become public.
- Harry Houdini

I sang in church choir all my life, through elementary school,
junior high and high school.
- Kevin Richardson

The Church, however, is a self-governing society,
distinct from the State, having its officers and laws,
and, therefore, an administrative government of its own.
- Charles Hodge

I have a lot of memories of Falls Church.
I went to grade school in Madison Elementary School.
- Jim Fowler

Through my music teaching and my not absolutely irregular attendance at church,
I became acquainted with the best class of colored people in Jacksonville.
- James Weldon Johnson

Unfortunately, the Church's position on most contemporary
issues makes it hard to take them seriously.
- Andres Serrano

Our church has been legal since late 1960s.
I've been involved since 1972.
I was ordained in 1975.
- Sally Kirkland

My eyes are wide open to the conflicts within the Church,
but I don't think you can call it schism.
- Richard John Neuhaus

BC is not going to replace the hierarchy,
and BC is not going to lead some major reform in the Catholic Church -
that's got to come out of the whole Catholic community.
- William P. Leahy

Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients.
Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
- Thomas Aquinas

Church is the only place where someone speaks to me
and I do not have to answer back.
- Charles de Gaulle

A church of dialogue in the contemporary world...
a church, taking on the mission of Jesus,
which is in the world not to judge humanity,
but to love it and to save it.
- Claudio Hummes

As God as my witness, they said, We're above the law.
There's nothing you can do to us.
You're just a church secretary.
- Jessica Hahn

There's always the tendency to transform the Church into an ethical agency,
and of measuring the Church by the yardstick of social and cultural utility.
- Karl Lehmann

Last winter when I was coming home from church one Thursday evening,
I saw somebody run around the house again.
I told my father of that.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

I think if the church did what they were supposed to
do we wouldn't have anyone sleeping on the streets.
- Michael W. Smith

I have never met a happy atheist.
I believe in separation of church and state,
but I think we have gone so far over in the other direction
of separating church and state.
- Dixie Carter

Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or
the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
- Joseph Ratzinger

Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish
a church in the heart of Times Square.
- David Wilkerson

If you will stay with the majority of the Twelve Apostles,
and the records of the Church, you will never be led astray.
- Joseph Smith, Jr.

The Roman Catholic church...
carries the immense power of very directly affecting
women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion.
- Robin Morgan

It is my belief that everything you need to know about
the world can be learned in a church choir.
- Connie Willis

I was green.
All I knew was to walk my dog and go to church.
- Jessica Hahn

I sang in church growing up.
Memphis is the blues capital of the world,
we like to say.
- Justin Timberlake

There is no one true church.
- Pat Buckley

I do not use profanity in my novels.
My characters all go to church.
- Nicholas Sparks

Then one day I read about a book that said that the
church is the only army that shoots its wounded.
- Keith Miller

I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church.
- Andres Serrano

If indeed this is the work of God...
then it's a crisis that calls for the church to be its very best self,
and not worry about risking itself for the right thing.
- Gene Robinson

I had said to some pastor that I was having thoughts,
and the church turned on me.
They went to my mom and said, So sorry about your son.
- Jai Rodriguez

Under pressure, people admit to murder,
setting fire to the village church or robbing a bank,
but never to being bores.
- Elsa Maxwell

Anybody who had come up with a new concept would have
been under suspicion for being out of step with the
tradition or out of step with the teachings of the church.
- John Templeton

Educational institutes can no longer be prizes in church
politics or furnish berths for failure in other walks of life.
- E. Franklin Frazier

A church debt is the devil's salary.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There the union of Church and State tends strongly
to paralyze some of the members of the body of Christ.
Here there is no such influence to destroy spiritual life and power.
- Josiah Strong


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