J. B. Phillips

1906 - 1982

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on achievement, body, books, christianity, concern, difficulty, enthusiasm, god, imagination, individuality, leadership, life, patience, people, philosophy, quiet, study, truth, understanding, value, vision, and work

In his enthusiasm, the evangelist often finds it difficult seriously to imagine that anyone could be called not to be an evangelist. The man of vision and imagination finds it difficult to see the value of those who do no more than plod on faithfully along a well-tried road. The man whose concern is in personal dealing with people and leading them to understand God better finds it difficult to be patient with the theologian or the Christian philosopher whose work is in the quiet of a book-lined study. Yet the truth is that the wholeness which God is working to achieve is never complete in an individual, but through individuals living together as one body, each supplying the deficiencies of the others.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on action, appreciation, body, christ, god, jesus, life, love, men, mind, personality, personality, power, problems, spirit, present, and worship

Following the way of Jesus Christ and doing all we can for His cause and for our fellow men expresses something of our worship in action. But how to give Him a present to express our love is a bit of a problem. How can you give God anything when He owns everything? But does He? How about that power to choose, that precious free will that He has given to every living personality and which He so greatly respects? That is the only present we can give - our selves, with all our powers of spirit, mind, and body, willingly, freely given because we love Him. That is the best and highest worship that you and I can offer, and I am sure that it is this above all that God most highly appreciates.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Plain Christianity

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on argument, christ, christianity, god, harmony, jesus, life, love, people, problems, purpose, religion, teaching, thought, truth, work, and world

Suppose Christianity is not a religion but a way of life, a falling in love with God, and, through Him, a falling in love with our fellows. Of course, such a way is hard and costly, but it is also joyous and rewarding even in the here-and-now. People who follow that Way know beyond all possible argument that they are in harmony with the purpose of God, that Christ is with them and in them as they set about His work in our disordered world. If anyone thinks this is perilous and revolutionary teaching, so much the better. That is exactly what they thought of the teaching of Jesus Christ. The light He brought to bear upon human affairs is almost unbearably brilliant: but it is the light of Truth, and in that light human problems can be solved.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: When God Was Man

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on apathy, doubt, facts, faith, feeling, imagination, learning, lies, men, patience, people, practice, prayer, preachers, religion, simplicity, spontaneity, thinking, thought, understanding, wonder, and words

The preacher and the writer may seem to have an... easy task. At first sight, it may seem that they have only to proclaim and declare; but in fact, if their words are to enter men's hearts and bear fruit, they must be the right words, shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. This means, in practice, turning a face of flint toward the easy cliché, the well-worn religious cant and phraseology - dear, no doubt, to the faithful, but utterly meaningless to those outside the fold. It means learning how people are thinking and how they are feeling; it means learning with patience, imagination and ingenuity the way to pierce apathy or blank lack of understanding. I sometimes wonder what hours of prayer and thought lie behind the apparently simple and spontaneous parables of the Gospel.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on belief, god, good, injustice, jesus, kindness, laws, love, mankind, nature, needs, risk, sermons, and sons

Jesus once declared that God is "good to the ungrateful and the wicked" (St. Luke 6:35), and I remember preaching a sermon on this text to a horrified and even astonished congregation who simply refused to believe (so I gathered afterwards) in this astounding liberality of God. That God should be in a state of constant fury with the wicked seemed to them only right and proper, but that God should be kind towards those who were defying or disobeying His laws seemed to them a monstrous injustice. Yet I was but quoting the Son of God Himself, and I only comment here that the terrifying risks that God takes are part of His Nature. We do not need to explain or modify His unremitting love towards mankind.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on achievement, god, heart, jesus, life, men, quality, relationships, religion, spirit, and world

Jesus, like all other religious leaders, taught men to pray, that is, He taught them to look away from the world of ordinary sense impressions and to open the heart and spirit to God; yet He is always insistent that religion must be related to life. It is only by contact with God that a better quality of living can be achieved - and Jesus Himself, as the records show, spent many hours in communion with God - yet that new quality of life has to be both demonstrated and tested in the ordinary rough-and-tumble of plain living. It is in ordinary human relationships that the validity of a man's communion with God is to be proved.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on books, christianity, controversy, practice, projects, sacred, study, thought, work, and worship

It is a singularly unpleasant thought that a book about Holy Communion is more likely to produce disagreement and controversy than one written on almost any other Christian subject. It seems a truly terrible thing that this Sacred Appointment, which was surely meant to unite, in actual practice divides Christians more sharply than any other part of their worship. Christians of various denominations may, and frequently do, work together on social projects, they may study the Scripture together, and they may ... pray together. But the moment attendance at the Lord's Table is suggested, up go the denominational barriers...

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Appointment with God

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on attitude, existence, losing, mind, preparation, privilege, proof, quality, reading, and spirituality

This astonishing sense of spiritual attack which, it seems to me, must inevitably follow the continual reading of the four Gospels, without preconception but with an alert mind, is not the sole privilege of the translator. It can happen to anyone who is prepared to abandon proof-texts and a closed attitude of mind, and allow not merely the stories but the quality of the Figure Who exists behind the stories to meet him afresh. Neat snippets of a few verses are of course useful in their way, but the overall sweep and much of the significance of the Gospel narratives are lost to us unless we are prepared to read the Gospels through, not once but several times.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: New Testament Christianity

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by J. B. Phillips on accidents, christ, christianity, disease, failure, fulfillment, god, heart, purpose, questions, study, understanding, war, and world

From the crude cry which we have so often heard during the war years: "If there is a God, why doesn't He stop Hitler?," to the unspoken questioning in many a Christian heart when a devoted servant of Christ dies from accident or disease at what seems to us a most inopportune moment, there is this universal longing for God to intervene, to show His hand, to vindicate His purpose. I do not pretend to understand the ways of God any more than the next man; but it is surely more fitting as well as more sensible for us to study what God does do and what He does not do as He works in and through the complex fabric of this disintegrated world, than to postulate what we think God ought to do and then feel demoralized and bitterly disappointed because He fails to fulfill what we expect of Him.

J. B. Phillips (1906 - 1982)

Source: Making Men Whole

Contributed by: Zaady

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