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" We should make Easter a forty-day celebration. If Lent is that long, Easter should be at least that long, all the way to Ascension. We should meet regularly for Easter parties. We should drink champagne at breakfast. We should renew baptismal vows with splashing water all over the place. And we should sing and dance and blow trumpets and put out banners in the streets. And we should invite the homeless people to parties and we should go around town doing random acts of generosity and celebration. We should be doing things which would make our sober and serious neighbors say, ‘What is the meaning of this outrageous party?’ "

- N.T. Wright (via gospelofthekingdom)
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" The most important presupposition of chivalry became the belief that one bloody death — Christ’s — must be compensated by others like it "

- Stanley Hauerwas, War and the American Difference

" The Kingdom of God is a social order and not a hidden one. It is not a universal catastrophe independent of the will of human beings; it is that concrete jubilary obedience, in pardon and repentance, the possibility of which is proclaimed beginning right now, opening up the real accessibility of a new order in which grace and justice are linked, which people have only to accept. "

- John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus
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" Being made just and doing justice are a matter of being immersed in the life of the ecclesial community; to do justice is to be a part of the community whose life is centered in and ordered by Jesus, God’s justice "

- Stanley Hauerwas, War and the American Difference
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" In contrast to worldly notions of justice that demand a strict rendering of what is due, the justice of God, that is, Jesus, requires the endurance of offense and the offer of forgiveness in the hope that the unjust has been made just by being gathered back into communion. "

- Stanley Hauerwas, War and the American Difference

" Jesus is relegated to being a motivator to encourage Christians to get involved in struggles for justice. Even if Jesus is thought to have practiced justice in his ministry, he is appealed to as a symbol or example. For what really matters is not Jesus, but justice. This understanding of justice not only displaced Jesus, but also displaced the Jews as crucial for determining what we mean by justice. "

- Stanley Hauerwas, War and the American Difference

" Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace. "

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