In following Jesus, I'd rather hear accumulated wisdom rather than novelty.
Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Northern Africa in the 4th Century is such a person for me. He is probably the most influential theologian in the history of the church--we are still feeling the effects of his thoughts--good and bad (for instance, his views on sexuality were extremely mixed-up and the church is just now getting over them).
Some of his well-know one liners:
- You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest in You.
- Love the Sinner, hate the sin.
- Heart speaks to heart.
- To sing once is to pray twice.
- An unjust law is no law at all.
- Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. (Maybe that inspired Obama?)
Late have I loved you, O beauty so ancient
and so new. Late have I loved you! You
were within me while I have gone outside
to seek you. Unlovely myself, I rushed towards
all those lovely things you had made. And
always you were with me, and I was not with
All these beauties have kept me far from
you--although they would not have existed
at all unless they had their being in you.
you shattered my darkness.
you drove away my blindness.