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Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves for the Churches as the places for believing practices. Politics has once again become religious.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Marie: The next item on the agenda is the calendar. Last year we had views of local bridges, so this year I thought we could go for the twelve most beautiful views of...
Chris: [mutters] ... George Clooney
Marie: ...the churches of Wharfedale.
Chris: [mutters] Eleven fully-clothed and a little "lift the flap" for December.More [08/22/2005 12:08:00]
Sergeant Howie: And what of the true god, whose glory, churches and monasteries have been built on these islands for generations past? Now sir, what of him?
Lord Summerisle: He's dead. Can't complain, had his chance and in modern parlance, blew it.More [02/10/2006 12:02:00]
The ecclesial communities which have not preserved the valid Episcopate and the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery, are not Churches in the proper sense; however, those who are baptized in these communities are, by Baptism, incorporated in Christ and thus are in a certain communion, albeit imperfect, with the Church.More [11/21/2007 12:11:00]
Tommy Green:
What's anti-Semitism?



Phil Green:
Well, uh, that's when some people don't like other people just because they're Jews.



Tommy Green:
Why not? Are Jews bad?



Phil Green:
Well, some are and some aren't, just like with everyone else.



Tommy Green:
What are Jews, anyway?



Phil Green:
Well, uh, it's like this. Remember last week when you asked me about that big church, and I told you there are all different kinds of churches? Well, the people who go to that particular church are called Catholics, and there are people who go to different churches and they're called Protestants, and there are people who go to different churches and they're called Jews, only they call their churches temples or synagogues.



Tommy Green:
Why don't some people like them?



Phil Green:
Well, I can't really explain it, Tommy.

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Marcellus Washburn:
This is where I work.



Harold Hill:
You mean you *live* in this town?



Marcellus Washburn:
Yeah, I like it, too. I mean it's not Brooklyn, New York. It's not the City of Homes and Churches and...



Harold Hill:
Brooklyn? Marce, this isn't even Dubuque!

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Minister:
Is there something you wanted?



Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox:
Can't say there is, minister.



Minister:
A man comes to the house of God, he comes to seek.



Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox:
I'm not a believing man, minister.



Minister:
Then why have you come?



Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox:
A man doesn't see many churches like this in a town like Sabbath.



Minister:
The shape of the house of God is unimportant.



Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox:
That's not so, minister. The kind of church man builds to pray in tells you a lot about the man. Further south there are some fine old adobe churches - Mexican. They're cool and dark inside. Give a man peace. They're made for kneelin'. This one's made for standin' upright.



Minister:
There is no easy comfort from God.

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[first lines]



Narrator:
[title card] In 1941 China and Japan had been in a state of undeclared war for four years. A Japanese army of occupation was in control of much of the countryside and many towns and cities. In Shanghai thousands of Westerners, protected by the diplomatic security of the International Settlement, continued to live as they had lived since the British came here in the 19th century and built in the image of their own country... built banking houses, hotels, offices, churches and homes that might have been uprooted from Liverpool or Surrey. Now their time was running out. Outside Shanghai the Japanese dug in and waited... for Pearl Harbor.

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Ouiser Boudreaux:
Yes, Annelle, I pray! Well, I do! There, I said it, I hope you're satisfied.



Annelle:
I suspected this all along!



Ouiser Boudreaux:
Oh! Well don't you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin' God-only-knows-what! They'd probably make me eat a live chicken!



Annelle:
Not on your first visit!



Clairee Belcher:
Very good, Annelle! Spoken like a true smart-ass!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Big Baby Sweets:
Let's come to a personal favorite of mine: Father Duckett. Owns and operates in... whatever he does to 45 churches across New York.



Lil' Poot:
Amen, sucker!



Big Baby Sweets:
Father Duckett, I believe in you.



Father Duckett:
God bless you my son.



Big Baby Sweets:
I believe you gonna get me my motherfucking money!

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[Officer Monica Romero and Agent Greer are in his car, arguing about Russian bombs and missiles]



Officer Monica Romero:
Where did they get that stuff?



Pat Greer:
Russia.



Officer Monica Romero:
Don't the Russians have controls on that kind of thing?



Pat Greer:
You'd faint if you knew. A few months ago, somebody got a warhead out of a missile-dismantlement facility in a place called -...



Alan Seitz:
Sergijev Posad. Not far from Moscow. Beautiful churches there.



Pat Greer:
Anyway, somebody who knew what they were doing modified it. Dumped it on some guys who run a place here called The Jolly Jackal.



Officer Monica Romero:
The bar?



Pat Greer:
That bar has more AK-47s than Budweiser.

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Alan Seitz:
They have beautiful churches there. Travel Channel.

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Napoléon:
[regarding his coronation as Emperor] I intend to crown myself.



Pope Pius VII:
Then why am I here?



Napoléon:
To bless my reign.



Pope Pius VII:
Now, who exactly are you asking to bless your reign, Sire? Almighty God? Or his humble deputy on Earth, the Pope?



Napoléon:
Humble? Is that the word you use to describe the thunder of organ music, clouds of incense, altars full of flowers, robes trimmed with gold?



Pope Pius VII:
You confuse God with religion.



Napoléon:
On the contrary, I separate them. On the one hand, a theory: God. On the other, a certitude: religion. It gives human society a framework. People would have no reference points without religion, we saw the results of that, when during the Revolution the churches were looted and the priests guillotined. The country toppled into anarchy, chaos, and madness of the Reign of Terror. We can do without God, but not without religion.



Pope Pius VII:
Do without God? Can you live without faith in the immortality of your soul? Without belief in the everlasting life?



Napoléon:
If you have ever been in a battlefield, you would not believe in God, either.



Pope Pius VII:
But I spend all my days and all my nights on a battlefield, Sire! The whole world is a battlefield! And every man who suffers is a terrible defeat for me. Place the crown on your own brow if that is what you wish. I will pray it does not become too heavy for you to bear.



Napoléon:
Have you ever regretted being Pope?



Pope Pius VII:
It terrifies me, Sire. Every day that God gives.

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Steve Meyers:
So if God does exist, the Churches must be liable.



Anna Redmond:
And the churches can only win the case if they prove God does not exist.



Steve Meyers:
[laughs] Do you want to tell them?

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Himself - Host:
Now, you may have some questions concerning the validity and integrity of the organization. Well, no less than the Internal Revenue Service of the United States government conducted a review of Scientology. The most thorough investigation of any church in its history. Over a period of many years, they examined millions of pages of church documents, and financial records. They studied every aspect of the religion, and its corporate and ecclesiastical structure. And their findings? The IRS determined that Scientology *is* a bona fide religion. That the churches of Scientology, and their related social betterment organizations, operate *exclusively* for religious, charitable, and educational purposes. That they benefit the *public*, rather than the interests of private individuals. And that no part of their income goes to the benefit of any individual or noncharitable entity. It is likely that Scientology was scrutinized more deeply than any other church in history. And it passed that review with flying colors, gaining full religious and charitable recognition. In doing so, the IRS granted the church, and all its affiliated organizations, full tax exemption. In fact, you'll be happy to know, even your donations are tax deductible. Just like every religion. Now that you know the factual and legal standing of the church, you may well ask the question, "What are the advantages of Dianetics and Scientology for me?" So, let's ask some people.

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Bitsey Bloom:
You know you are in the bible belt when there are more churches than Starbucks.



Zack:
When there are more prisons than Starbucks.

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Let Catholics build their own churches and works.More [07/15/2011 04:07:02]
There are enough churches already, but the world still needs salvation.More [07/27/2011 09:07:16]
Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!More [08/07/2011 02:08:11]
Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wanted... to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home.More [08/23/2011 05:08:12]
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.More [09/17/2011 09:09:09]
While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades... the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships.More [10/20/2011 11:10:31]
I know some of the churches are planning their schedules Sunday around the new time, so it would be nice if the clock downtown reflected that on people's drive to church Sunday morning.More [01/05/2012 10:01:55]
I know some of the churches are planning their schedules Sunday around the new time, so it would be nice if the clock downtown reflected that on people's drive Wayne Kramer
to church Sunday morning.More [01/05/2012 10:01:52]
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, / Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.More [03/28/2012 11:03:37]
I know it was a gift from God. My father was a preacher and my mother worked in churches all her life.More [09/20/2012 03:09:50]
I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them…no one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it…the Muslims are to fight for them…their churches are to be respected. No one of the nations [Muslim] is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day.More [10/03/2012 03:10:05]
You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I think our failure in the production of good town churches of distinctive character must have struck you often, as it has me, when contrasted with our comparative success in country churches.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I've been speaking at churches for years, as well as juvenile jails, rehabs and hospitals, and I always talk about my faith. That is a declaration of my relationship with God.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church's testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all, but had been applied in various churches perhaps, however, with no strict consistency.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The Left regards the Constitution as defective and outmoded - in part because it impedes the government's ability to control institutions, like churches and families, which stand between the state and individuals.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In places where marriage's core meaning has been altered through legal action, officials are beginning to target for punishment those believers and churches that refuse to adapt.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Those churches have closed down or have been merged with a church that has a more positive vision.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Sports teams, people who follow sports teams, religion, churches, work - any company, I find that people just generally have a need to belong to something larger than themselves.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory?More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Martin Luther King challenged the conscience of my generation, and his words and his legacy continue to move generations to action today at home and around the world. His love and faith is alive in millions of Americans who volunteer each day in soup kitchens or in schools, or who refused to ignore the suffering of millions they'd never met in far-away places when a tsunami brought unthinkable destruction. His vision and his passion is alive in churches and on campuses when millions stand up against the injustice of diMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The problem is not with people or churches that are politically active. It is with a party that has gone so far in adopting a sectarian agenda that it has become the political extension of a religious movement.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The religious superstition is encouraged by means of the institution of churches, processions, monuments, festivities....The so-called clergy stupefy the masses....They befog the people and keep them in an eternal condition of stupefactionMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusionMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their
heads, were like the little images that they place in the very
bowing of the vaults of churches, that look as if they held up
the church, but are but puppets.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat
countries with spire steeples, which, as they cannot be referred
to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and
stars.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of
mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when
it made a cathedral.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE It belongs to the very nature of the gospel that the Church is built across cultural, social, and racial barriers. There are siren voices (as well as gut reactions) telling Christians that the way to success in evangelism is to follow the natural divisions, and to try to build churches along cultural, social and racial divisions. In doing so, they ignore the "success" in the New Testament in crossing these lines; more importantly, they are in fact stressing success more highMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687 It seems clear that those people who personally are completely convinced of justification by grace alone, and who heartily grant to people of another color the right to the same justification (as long as they remain in their own churches, schools, ghettos, handyman occupations), give an ugly expression to the Augustinian and Reformation understanding of justification. By their emphasis upon the primacy of individual justification, they deny the immediate socMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597 Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373 Although it is indisputable that our Lord founded a church, it is an unproved assumption that the church is an aggregation of visible and organized societies. The theory upon which the public worship of the primitive churches proceeded was that each community was complete in itself, and that, in every act of public worship, every element of the community was present.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As the wife of a state Supreme Court justice in Arkansas put it, "My husband has been a Methodist all his life, but if it comes to choosing between being a Methodist and an American, he'll be an American every time." But this was not the issue, quite. In this case the choice was between being a good Methodist and a good American, and being a tribal religionist. But the theological problem of churches without discipline comes into stark outline in the quotation. Inadequately trained for membership, admitted without prepMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation It seems to me that testimonies should once again become a part of the life of our churches. I have not made a study of why the testimony fell into disrepute and was discarded, but I suspect these were three of the factors: (1) The same persons gave the testimony every time. (2) They gave the same testimony every time. (3) The testimony they gave was about something that happened ten, or twenty, or thirty years before.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089 The denominations, churches, sects, are sociological groups whose principle of differentiation is to be sought in their conformity to the order of social classes and castes. It would not be true to affirm that the denominations are not religious groups with religious purposes; but it is true that they represent the accommodation of religion to the caste system. They are emblems, therefore, of the victory of the world over the church, of the sMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Churches belong together in the Church. What that may mean for our ecclesiastical groupings we do not know. We have not discovered the kind or outward manifestation which God wills that we shall give to that inner unity. But we must seek it.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Commemoration of Cecile Isherwood, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Grahamstown, South Africa, 1906 Local churches which are respected and even attended by "the public" -- interpreted as people who under different circumstances would not feel obliged to attend church at all -- are often found to be those where, on a Christian judgment, the gospel seems to be most faithfully preached. Such churches may invite and suffer temporary periods of unpopularity -- by standing up for West Indian immigrants, say, More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Maundy Thursday Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872 In the whole range of history there is no more striking contrast than that of the Apostolic churches with the heathenism around them. They had shortcomings enough, it is true, and divisions and scandals not a few, for even apostolic times were no golden age of purity and primitive simplicity. Yet we can see that their fullness of life, and hope, and promise for the future, were a new sort of power in the world. Within their own limiMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is easy to recognize, in the relational rigidities of many chapel-going people, the "negative reflex actions" of a character structure which has survived the destruction of its intellectual and moral foundations. But equally, no one can go far in the Free Churches without lighting upon the new or newish cult of "sincerity as an end in itself" -- the first refuge of minds too lazy to rebuild their intellectual foundations -- and the sentimental distrust of "orthodoxy" and "authority", in theological contexts at leastMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Trinity Sunday Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605 I am verily persuaded that the Lord has more Truth yet to break forth out of His holy Word. For my part, I cannot sufficiently bewail the Condition of the Reformed Churches, who are come to a Period in Religion and will go at present no farther than the instruments of their Reformation. The Lutheran can't be drawn to go beyond what Luther saw; and the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that great man of God, who yet saw not More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Christ's call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil's clutches and the very jaws of Hell. This can be accomplished only by a red-hot, unconventional, unfettered devotion, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Lord JesuMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Just suppose members of our churches were voted on, like the members of certain civic clubs. Suppose three unexcused absences required that the individual's name be automatically dropped from the roll, and he could be reinstated only by special vote of the body. Suppose absences from services had to be made up by attending services in some other place, or by carrying out some special project. Suppose church members had to be re-elected to membership each year, and that their attendance and participation in the program More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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