No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
American minister, professor, and author. As quoted in The Big Book of Business Quotations (2016), by Johnnie Roberts.
Expressions of sharp and even violent criticism of religion and the church have been welcomed, for they usually imply sincerity of thought. If caustic criticism of religious institutions and practices is irreligious, then Amos, Isaiah, and Jesus were very irreligious men. In fact, that is exactly what many of their contemporaries took them to be.Halford E. Luccock
There is the liability of accepting prematurely an artificial horizon for our own character and personality, of losing the horizon of the possible person we might be. It is the danger of considering our character as something static, rather than as something emerging.Halford E. Luccock
The Christian message is not an exhortation — "try hard to be good." Good advice, but there is no saving gospel in that.Halford E. Luccock
I believe in comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.Halford E. Luccock
We have a moral obligation to be interesting, for our gospel is loaded with life-and-death interest for people.Halford E. Luccock
The aim of preaching is not the elucidation of a subject, but the transformation of a person … Our task is ... the sharing of intense faith and experience.Halford E. Luccock
There is a major disaster when a person allows some success to become a stopping place rather than a way station on to a larger goal. It often happens that an early success is a greater moral hazard than an early failure.Halford E. Luccock
A scientist said, making a plea for exchange scholarships between nations, "The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person." That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person.Halford E. Luccock