Thursday, May 28, 2009

Owen: the source of unity

May 28, 2009
    Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089

    I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.
    -- John 17:11 (NIV)

    I should be very sorry that any man living should outgo me in desires that all who fear God throughout the world, especially in these nations, were of one way as well as of one heart. I know I desire it sincerely; but I do verily believe that when God shall accomplish it, it will be the effect of love, and not the cause of love. It will proceed from love, before it brings forth love.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), Sermon XXI. "Gospel Charity," in Works of John Owen, D.D., London: Johnson & Hunter, 1851, vol. IX, p. 269 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, bring that day of unity in Your name.

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