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On loving my neighbor

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from God’s Politics:

Voice of the Day: Frederick Buechner

When Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, it was not just for our neighbors’ sakes that he commanded it, but for our own sakes as well. Not to help find some way to feed the children who are starving to death is to have some precious part of who we are starve to death with them. Not to give ourselves to the human beings we know who may be starving not for food but for what we have in our hearts to nourish them with this to be, ourselves, diminished and crippled as human beings.

–Frederick Buechner
from Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons

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Written by Monte

July 31, 2007 at 10:03 am

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  1. I LOVE THAT!

    Who is this Frederick Buechner???

    I heard about Sojourners a few months ago when it sent a representative with a group to Iran to meet with governmental leaders to talk about peace…I’m definitely going to sign up for their quotes of the day!!! Thanks!

    Monte says: Hi, friend! You’ll find lots of good things at Sojourners. I have sometimes received their email bulletin called Sojomail. God’s Politics has some of the same people. Jim Wallis, sort of the founder of both, is a fellow who graduated from an evangelical seminary in the 70’s or so, and has sustained all these years a voice that has encouraged evangelical Christians to examine the calls of Jesus to the poor and to justice. You’ll find Buechner quoted quite a bit these days – he’s an author, preacher, theologian. I haven’t read much of his, but everything I’ve seen has been remarkable. Here’s Wikipedia’s article on him: Frederick Buechner Cheers!

    Karen

    July 31, 2007 at 2:43 pm


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