Saturday, May 14, 2011

Outerbridge: expendable

Saturday, May 14, 2011
    Feast of Matthias the Apostle
    Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!”
    —Acts 5:29 (NIV)
    The witness has never failed. Repeatedly, the light has shone forth in the darkness, held aloft by hands that perished in the destruction of the institution that failed. Christians tend to defend the institution of their own creation with tenacity. It is institutional Christianity that repeatedly shackled the Church. The Church again and again has to lose itself in order to find itself. It falls to rise; it fails in order to fight better. Many of the missionary institutions of the Church are expendable. They should always be treated as expendable.
    ... Leonard M. Outerbridge, The Lost Churches of China, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1952, p. 10-11 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your word cannot be defeated.
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