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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Monday, March 13, 2006

One Solitary Life

"Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the Child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His Divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a Cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying—and that was His coat. When He was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Such was His human life—He rises from the dead. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the Centerpiece of the human race and the Leader of the column of progress. I am within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life."

-James C. Hefley (Baptist Christian Writer)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This quote sounds a little too triumphalistic for our age. Was it from early 20th or even 19th century? It seems like nostalgic pining for the good old days. Looking for past victories because the present/future seems dim or at least less brilliant.

At this time, various forms of entertainment media and the insatiable consumption within the global marketplace seem to affect and shape our lives and habits to a much greater degree than Jesus of Nazareth unless one wants to argue that secular capitalism/liberalism is a natural outgrowth of Jesus and his church(as some liberals indeed do). In my opinion, because of these various social forces, it is increasingly difficult to determine significant ways to embody the Christian life to prevent its complete practical irrelevance. Jesus and his kingdom have few witnesses though many of us still call him Lord and hope for some kind of deliverance. Perhaps he will answer soon. (Note: I am not referring to the rapture or his second coming though indeed the latter is always our prayer.) Still it's a nice quote, but I didn't want this quote to pass by without at least a nod to our current desparate mess.

(I'm still on vacation, so I can only check in once a day)

3:25 PM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

It's a quote from the 19th century.

btw - checking into my blog while you are on vacation? wow, now that's true devotion.


5:46 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This essay was adapted from a sermon by Dr James Allan Francis published in 1926, not the 19th century.
Follow this link for the orginal and the full citation.


9:28 AM, March 29, 2006  

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