Free Advice from John Newton
"To reform the Church of God we should always begin with self-reform. Schisms and divisions will increase so long as we begin with reforming others."
-- Robert C. Chapman , as quoted in Agape Leadership: Lessons in Spiritual Leadership from the Life of R .C. Chapman.
"The longer I live, the more I see of the vanity and the sinfulness of our unchristian disputes: they eat up the very vitals of religion. I grieve to think how often I have lost my time and temper that way, in presuming to regulate the vineyards of others, when I have neglected my own..."
-- John Newton , as quoted in "Wise Advice from John Newton" by Alexander Strauch. "Wise Advice" is a short article written in connection with the study guide for If You Bite & Devour One Another.
“Hospitality fleshes out love in a uniquely personal and sacrificial way. Through the ministry of hospitality, we share our most prized possessions. We share our family, home, finances, food, privacy, and time. Indeed, we share our very lives. So, hospitality is always costly. Through the ministry of hospitality, we provide friendship, acceptance, fellowship, refreshment, comfort, and love in one of the richest and deepest ways possible for humans to understand. Unless we open the doors of our homes to one another, the reality of the local church as a close-knit family of loving brothers and sisters is only a theory.”
-- Alexander Strauch , in his book The Hospitality Commands.
"Believers are to be known not only for their uncompromising stand for the truth of Scripture but also for their unwavering love for one another--even when they disagree."
-- Alexander Strauch, in If You Bite & Devour One Another.