Best Quotes about Churches
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
I'm a priest, not a priestess. Priestess implies mumbo jumbo and all sorts of pagan goings-on. Those who oppose us would love to call us priestesses. They can call us all the names in the world -- it's better than being invisible.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
King Jr. Martin Luther
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
Brown, Robert Mcafee
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
John Paul II
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
Tozer, A. W.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.
Morrison, Charles C.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Marialike dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
Shaw, George Bernard
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
Moody, Dwight L.
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
Mencken, H. L.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Ratzinger, Cardinal Joseph
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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