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Feed Or Be Fed | Donald Gee

Donald GeeWe do not need to be fed on the Word, we need to feed on the Word: a big difference. If I was still feeding my children in their teens with a spoon, then something would be drastically wrong.

—Gee in Hollenweger, The Pentecostals, 215.

Divine Solidarity | Serene Jones

Serene JonesBecause God, in the Incarnation, takes on our full humanity, we can be certain that on the Cross God took in Christ’s suffering and death, profoundly and completely. This means that in the midst of our suffering, God similarly (by adoption) takes on the full weight of our human plight and bears our traumas fully, in solidarity with us.

— Jones, “Practical Theology in Two Modes,” in Bass and Dykstra, eds., For Life Abundant, 204.

Unkindled Souls | Symeon the New Theologian

Symeon the New TheologianThe soul of each of us is a lamp. Now a lamp is wholly in darkness, even though it be filled with oil or tow or other combustible matter, until it receives fire and is kindled. So too the soul, though it may seem to be adorned with all virtues, yet does not receive the fire—in other words, has not received the divine nature and light—and is still unkindled and dark and its works are uncertain.

— Symeon the New Theologian, Discourses, 339.

The Father’s Kiss | Donald Gee

Donald GeeThe kiss with which the Father greeted the returning prodigal must have been like sweetest balm upon his poor weary wounded spirit; yet no one would suggest that the Father kept on kissing him all the time. . . . Some Christians tend towards the superlative, and we have to confess to a feeling approaching nausea at their sugary language.

—Gee in Hollenweger, The Pentecostals, 211.

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