The feature Hugh’s Journals appears here most Sundays. For some basic background on Rev. Hugh Bebb Jones and his notebooks click here.
As has been said before, Hugh read not only prolifically but also expansively. His journals include notes from theological journals, lay magazines and publications, novels and poems, as well as books of theology, philosophy and history.
He read always with a theologian’s eye and a pastor’s ear. The quotes he excerpted were one’s that he could use in sermons to help comfort or challenge the faithful who were in his charge, or as devotional aids for himself and his flock during times of personal and national crisis.
A member of “the greatest generation,” Hugh was a pastor through the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and the 1970s. Some of the most interesting and challenging decades in American – and world – history… and in the history of the church.
Today I am posting two smaller quotes that seem to distill much of the essence of Hugh’s notebooks and, hence, of Hugh himself, an uncommonly humble and perceptive intellect. Two quotes that the church… and the world… could use as much today as they did in Hugh’s time.