Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kraemer: the deep-freeze of the Church

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
    —1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)
    In all our criticism and near-despair of the institutional Church, it should never be forgotten that many powers and possibilities really exist in it, but often in captivity; they exist as frozen credits and dead capital.
    ... Hendrik Kraemer (1888-1965), A Theology of the Laity, London: Lutterworth Press, 1958, p. 176 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Deut. 5:29; Matt. 24:12-13; Mark 13:33; Rom. 12:11; Heb. 6:10-12; Rev. 2:4-5; 3:1-3,15-17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, liberate Your Church with Your life-giving word.
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