Ralph Washington Sockman

Ralph Washington

American Methodist Pastor featured on National Radio Pulpit program

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When the dictators and the opportunists are gone, the cross will still stand before us and something in us will say, 'That is the real thing.'

Whatever the right hand findeth to do, the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show how long it takes to do it.

When the congregation becomes the norm by which sermons are measured, a minister has put a mortgage on his soul.

A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.

In all living there is a certain narrowness of application which leads to breadth and power. We have to concentrate on a thing in order to master it. Then we must be broad enough not to be narrowed by our specialties.

Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow.

Love is the outreach of self toward completion.

The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down and half-finished loves.

True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.

A service of worship is primarily a service to God. When we realize this and act upon it, we make it a service to men.

What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you.

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.

It is one thing to be moved by events; it is another to be mastered by them.

One of the paradoxes of our time is that we have more power at our disposal than ever before, and yet we seem more powerless than ever.

The way we face this factor of chance helps to determine the spirit and quality of our lives. When we count on chance in lieu of preparation and prudence we weaken our characters.

Truth is a kingdom which belongs to those who give themselves to it, lead where it may, cost what it will, use or not use.

A person may sometimes have a clear conscience simply because his head is empty.

The pulpit is in more danger of selling its freedom through catering to the public than of losing its liberty through government pressure.

The forgiveness of the world can only be accomplished by the judgment of the world.

Aspiration shows us the goal and the distance to it; inspiration encourages with a view to how far we have come. Aspiration gives us the map of the journey; inspiration furnishes the music to keep us marching.

Collective sinning is a dire reality, but collective repentance is usually too diluted to be curative.

People prefer a religion which makes them feel safe and good rather than right and real.

The mind of the God-seeker must not only be sufficiently open to take whatever truth gives; it must also be sufficiently generous to give whatever truth takes.

To pray is to expose the shores of the mind to the incoming tide of God.

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American Methodist Pastor featured on National Radio Pulpit program