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Book cover for The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary
Being “in the depths as a guilty sinner” is not popular thinking today: “sin” has lost its meaning in secularism, and the role of the Holy Spirit has been misunderstood, as evidenced in the prevailing rivalry between the human spirit and ...more
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Mae Elise Cannon
“Godly grief does not paralyze with a pervasive sense of guilt. Rather, it identifies specific ways we have turned from God and offers a holy opportunity for the restoration of relationship with God, others, and the land by reconnecting our hearts to God’s heart and then to the hearts of those we have made to suffer. Godly grief leads to cleansing confession and repentance.”
Mae Elise Cannon, Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith

Bryan Chapell
“…The identity I tried to establish by obedience to the Law is dead, the life Jesus lived to fulfill the Law is mine.”
Bryan Chapell, Holiness by Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength

C.S. Lewis
“To please God… to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness… to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son- it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Flannery O'Connor
“To know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. It is to measure oneself against Truth, and not the other way around. The first product of self-knowledge is humility . . .”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

David  Brooks
“We are called at certain moments to comfort people who are enduring some trauma. Many of us don't know how to react in such situations, but others do. In the first place, they just show up. They provide a ministry of presence. Next, they don't compare. The sensitive person understands that each person's ordeal is unique and should not be compared to anyone else's. Next, they do the practical things--making lunch, dusting the room, washing the towels. Finally, they don't try to minimize what is going on. They don't attempt to reassure with false, saccharine sentiments. They don't say that the pain is all for the best. They don't search for silver linings. They do what wise souls do in the presence of tragedy and trauma. They practice a passive activism. They don't bustle about trying to solve something that cannot be solved. The sensitive person grants the sufferer the dignity of her own process. She lets the sufferer define the meaning of what is going on. She just sits simply through the nights of pain and darkness, being practical, human, simple, and direct.”
David Brooks, The Road to Character

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