Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We need quiet fanatics

Ray Ortlund posted this quote over a year ago, and I came across it when doing some sermon research this morning. Very challenging.

“It is a growing conviction of mine that no parish can fulfill its true function unless there is at the very center of its leadership life a small community of quietly fanatic, changed and truly converted Christians.  The trouble with most parishes is that nobody, including the pastor, is really greatly changed. . . .
We do not want ordinary men.  Ordinary men cannot win the brutally pagan life of a city like New York for Christ.  We want quiet fanatics.”

~ John Heuss, Our Christian Vocation (Greenwish, 1955), pages 15-16.

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