... Christ. God has invaded our world. God has experienced what it is to be a human being. God has initiated the coming of the Kingdom of God in a sinful world. When we could not climb up to God, God came down to us. Arnold Prater put it like this: Archimedes once said that if he had a lever to place under the world and if it were long enough, he could sit on the end of it and lift the world. God has loved us enough that God has lifted the world; but instead of a lever, He sent a ...
... added to its composition the quicksand hardened. Soon the foundation was laid and the sixty-floor bank building was erected on a solid foundation. (2) The lesson is clear: want to build something great and lasting? Begin with a solid foundation. The Greek mathematician Archimedes understood that principle. In fact, he asked for only one fixed and immovable point and he said he could move the whole earth. As he put it, “I may have great hopes if I find even the least thing that is unshakably certain.” Ah ...
... the church, a solid hook in the vast, uncharted chaotic voids of space, allowing us to tether and take our bearings from at least one point which is neither shifting with the currents nor dependent on our own powers to establish it. Advent is the place where Archimedes can set the fulcrum of his lever and move earth and the planets in a meaningful way because there is a critical unmoved position from which everything else is to be measured. Advent is a date on our calendars that was penned in by God, not us ...
Too often we forget that genius . . . depends upon the data within its reach, that Archimedes could not have devised Edison's inventions.
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.