Apr 20 2015

Quotable: Alister McGrath

Cultural assimilation is all too often the prelude to ecclesial extinction.” — from Heresy!

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Mar 13 2015

Quotable: C.S. Lewis on the Church of England

“Such are the reactions of one bleating layman to Modern Theology. It is right that you should hear them. You will not perhaps hear them very often again. Your parishioners will not often speak to you quite frankly. Once the layman was anxious to hide the fact that he believed so much less than the vicar; now he tends to hide the fact that he believes so much more. Missionary to the priests of one’s own church is an embarrassing role; though I have a horrid feeling that if such mission work is not soon undertaken the future history of the Church of England is likely to be short.”

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Jan 9 2015

Quotable: John Piper on William Mackenzie

“…a lover of books and a lover of people. That’s an unusual combination, you know. Most people who are bookish don’t like people–they just tolerate them.”

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Dec 29 2014

Quotable: Gavin Ortlund

“Promise is empty without fulfillment; but fulfillment is meaningless without promise.”

From his excellent article on the Bible here via Challies.com

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Dec 23 2014

Quotable: Edmund Clowney

“Certainly Satan does not find it necessary to offer all the kingdoms of the world to the average sinner. He can buy most sinners for small change.”

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Nov 24 2014

Quotable: C.S. Lewis on Bultmann et al

“These men ask me to believe they can read between the lines of the old texts; the evidence is their obvious inability to read (in any sense worth discussing) the lines themselves. They claim to see fern-seed and can’t see an elephant ten yards away in broad daylight.”

–from Lewis’s Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism

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Oct 21 2014

Quotable: Al Mohler

“America deserves the Osteens.”

From his article The Osteen Predicament

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Aug 26 2014

Quotable: Adam Clarke on Nehemiah 13:22

“Shame on those who, with this evidence before them, brand this good man with the epithet of workmonger! a man who, in inward holiness, outward usefulness, and genuine love to God and man, was worth ten score of such self-called believers.”

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Mar 3 2014

Quotable: Sam Horn

“God’s protection lies in God’s instruction.”

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Jan 21 2014

A happy kind of pain

A few years ago while I was mourning over a recent death I went out to see my friend and mentor, The Bob. As we kicked around the farm doing random chores we took cover from the frigid January rain inside one of his many out-buildings.

Very seriously he said, “I wish I could hurt for ya, brother, but I can’t. But you will get over this.”

“Yeah,” I said non-commitally.

Then quite jovially he said, “But not as fast as I will!”

And then he burst out in big, booming laughter.

If you didn’t know The Bob, or if you didn’t know our sense of humor, you might think that to be rather cruel. In fact it was quite the opposite–it was really quite a relief.

Few things are as hurtful and angering to someone in pain as to minimize what they are experiencing. Instead of saying something like, “It’s not that bad,” The Bob’s statement was a brilliant (and morbidly hilarious) affirmation that yes, it really was that bad, yes, this was a really painful experience, and yes, it was going to be painful for a long time. Plus, he acknowledge a very simple truth: I really would eventually get past it, and he really¬†would get over it before I would.

That kind of honesty and acknowledgement of pain was really refreshing.

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