"When God, who is absolute fullness, brought creatures into existence, it was not done to fulfill any need, but so that his creatures should be happy to share his likeness, and so that he himself might rejoice in the joy of his creatures, as they draw inexhaustibly on the Inexhaustible."
- Maximus the Confessor, 7th century theologian, regarded as one of the "church fathers," with a comparable influence on Eastern Christian theology as Augustine had on the West. (Quote is taken from The Roots of Christian Mysticisim, by Olivier Clement)
A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.