Tag Archives: John Pritchard

Domesticated God

Another great quote from the bishop of Oxford.

Perhaps we too have domesticated God into the Church’s possession, our own deity who we occasionally share with the world on a good day with a following wind. The God of Scripture will have none of it. Either God is the centre and source of all life, or he’s still an idol, the God before God before God. We may say we worship the one true God while actually our commitment is to a God who thinks like us, votes like us, condemns the people we condemn, and doesn’t ask any awkward questions about how we spend our money, our time, and our compassion. God shares his centrality with no-one, because he shares his love with everyone. There is no inch of this earth, and no activity of humankind, of which Jesus Christ does not say, ‘This is mine’.

John Pritchard, in the Life and Work of a Priest.


Another ministry quote

“If we are preaching Christ we need to live lives that are faithful to the graceful ways of Christ. If we’re trying to lead people to the burning bush we have to be walking on the holy mountain ourselves.”

From the Bishop of Oxford in The Life and Work of a Priest.

Quote on ministry

A quote that I liked from John Pritchard’s book, The Life and Work of a Priest.

“Success and Failure isn’t the right language. It’s the direction of gaze that matters. A wise spiritual guide siad to me “Ask for the gift of prayer. The request is always granted.”

We could say, walk towards the light. This is a much better indicator of doing the right things than any head counting could be.