Sometimes I write down things I want to remember on scraps of paper. I tuck them in books, fold them into my wallet, or let them float around in my purse. I need to record these somewhere… so I can clean up my purse!
“If Africa were to drink of Western theology, would it not drink from a poisoned chalice?”
“The purpose of Christian maturity is not independence, but interdependence.”
-Rev. Oscar Muriu, a Kenyan pastor, from his sermon on the global church at Urbana 06, a missions conference in St. Louis.
“ICD [international community development] is about people, about poverty reduction, and improving quality of life.”
-Dr. Jolly Beyioku, IWU professor of international community development, formerly with World Vision.
“Grace is the unmerited favor of God- the work of God for us, in us, and through us…
Come with hands open wide, committed to receive whatever God wants to do…
Don’t fight it.
Don’t be belligerent.
Don’t frustrate it.
Receive it – with gladness.”
–Dr. Chris Bounds, IWU professor of religion and philosophy, speaking of God’s grace.
“The Wesleyan Church doesn’t like the sanctuary idea. [They say,] ‘We’ve got to follow the laws.’ I’m like, ‘Come on!'”
–Dr. Norm Wilson, Wesleyan pastor and IWU professor of intercultural studies discussing the idea of a church as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. He believes there is a higher level of moral reasoning that, rather than bending to unfair/one-sided laws, should call for them to be changed.
“Whenever God gives us something, it is a blessing.
Learn to hold things with an open hand.
The second we [tighten our] hold onto it, it becomes an idol.”
-Rev. Joe Lee
“It’s not a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled,
but it is a calamity to die having never dreamed.”
-Dr. Benjamin E. Mays