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There is a kind of seeing that does not see

September 6, 2009

There is a kind of seeing that does not see. We can gaze vacantly in the direction of an object but we do not really see it since our minds are otherwise occupied. Or consider how one person may walk through a wood and see nothing but trees, but the trained botanist sees here an alder, there an ash. So to in the spiritual realm. One person hears the gospel but his mind is not on it – he is preoccupied and it makes no impression. He is like a man who looks but only vacantly. To really see his mind must be made to focus on the Word of God. This is the work of the Spirit.

No Roots, No Fruit

October 3, 2008

If you try to take the fruits of Christianity without its roots, the fruits will wither. And they will not come again unless you nurture the roots.

 

Margaret Thatcher

These remarks are taken from a transcript of Margaret Thatcher’s May, 1988 speech to the Church of Scotland, reprinted in BIBLICAL ECONOMICS TODAY by the Institute for Christian Economics, and made available by the Modern History Sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1988thatcher.html