Passing the test

How can the work of a pastor be thought of as getting people ready to pass their final exam? (Rev. 20:11-14)

John Wesley on worship

“In divine worship, (as in all other actions,) the first thing to be considered is the end, and the next thing is the means conducing to that end. The end is the honour of God, and the edification of the Church; and then God is honoured, when the Church is edified. The means conducing to that end, are to have the service so administered as may inform the mind, engage the affections, and increase devotion.”

— John Wesley, from his commentary on the Roman Catholic catechism

Wendell Berry on divorce

Wendell Berry: “Undoubtedly, some marriages are wrong, some divorces right. But it must also be understood, I think, that the possibility of breaking a vow can tell us nothing of what is meant by keeping one. Divorce is the contradiction of marriage, not one of its proposed results.”