Monday, July 23, 2012

Jones: rediscovering the Kingdom

Monday, July 23, 2012
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
    —1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)
    Church union set in the framework of denominational relativisms becomes a tug of war as to which denominational truth is recognized as uppermost, and therefore church union becomes impossible. But church union set in the framework of the Kingdom puts each denomination in its place, not as the Truth, but as a phase of something beyond itself. Church union is an almost inevitable corollary of the rediscovery of the Kingdom.
    ... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), The Christ of the American Road, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1944, p. 222 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, place Your Kingdom first in our hearts.
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