Wednesday, January 23, 2008

On Prayer and Listening

A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is listening.

Søren Kierkegaard
Christian Discourses

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

A vantagem de não ser nada. (The adventage of not being anything)

Posso imaginar-me tudo, porque não sou nada. Se fosse alguma coisa, não poderia imaginar. O ajudante de guarda-livros pode sonhar-se imperador romano; o Rei de Inglaterra não o pode fazer, porque o Rei de Inglaterra está privado de ser, em sonhos, outro rei que não o que é. A sua realidade não o deixa sentir.

Fernando Pessoa in "Livro do Desassossego"

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

On Ministry

Too often I looked at being relevant, popular, and powerful as ingredients of an effective ministry. The truth, however, is that these are not vocations but temptations. Jesus asks, "Do you love me?" Jesus sends us out to be shephers, and Jesus promises a life in which we increasingly have to stretch out our hands and be led to places where we would rather not go. He asks us to move from a concern for relevance to a life of prayer, from worries about popularity to communal and mutual ministry, and from a leadership built on power to a leadership in which we critically discern where God is leading us and our people.

- Henri Nouwen
In the Name of Jesus