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William Sloan Coffin – on love

I first met Bill Coffin while a student in seminary.  In fact, I to introduce him at a campus event sponsored by “The Ethics Luncheon” – if I can find the tape and covert it from VCR to digital format, I will post it here.  Don’t know who Coffin is?  Do a Google Search.  You’ll find all kinds of things.  He was an author, preacher, pastor, prophet, progressive, passivist – an all around gadfly for many.  But each time I cross paths with him (or his writings) I was challenged.

Between now and Christmas I am going to share some thoughts from Coffin that I hope will inspire you – and a few that might frustrate.  Let’s state with inspire:

Of God’s love we can say two things: it is poured out universally for everyone from the Pope to the loneliest wino on the planet; and, secondly, God’s love doesn’t seek value, it creates value.  It is not because we have value that we are loved, but because we are loved that we have value.  Our value is a gift, not an achievement.  (from Credo)

 

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