“If in an inferior covenant God was willing to forgive Sodom and Gomorrah if just 10 righteous people could be found—not praying, not crying out to God—just “there,” why do we think we need 10,000 “prophetic intercessors” in a nation’s capital to beg, groan, and wail for revival in an era of a better covenant based on better promises?”—Steve Crosby
C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity (Book 3, Part 5): “Finally, though I have had to speak at some length about sex, I want to make it as clear as I possibly can that the centre of Christian morality is not here. If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute.”
Stripping Kings of their Crowns: Mark Driscoll, the Fury of Achilles and King David
"Great victories and tragic endings are the common narrative of human experience. The Mars Hill storyline reminds me of Achilles in Homer’s ‘The Iliad.” A great warrior whose ego and anger are legendary. The opening lines of “The Iliad” begins with:
“The rage of Achilles — sing it now, goddess, sing through me the deadly rage that caused the Achaeans such grief and hurled down to Hades the souls of so many fighters, leaving their naked flesh to be eaten by dogs and carrion birds, as the will of Zeus was accomplished.”
To read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise.
"To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. Books must be read deliberately and reservedly, as they were written…No wonder Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket. A written word is a choicest of relics….Most men have learned to read to serve paltry convenience…but reading as a noble intellectual expertise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to." -Henry David Thoreau, Walden, ‘Reading’
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
Journalist Ernest J. Hopkins had visited the ranch just weeks before London’s death, and reported the following in the San Francisco Bulletin, 2 December 1916:
“‘I would rather be ashes than dust… said Jack London not two months before his death, to a group of friends with whom he was discussing, as he loved to discuss, the eternal problems of life and living.