The local church was intended by Jesus to be a gathering of people full of faith—strong in their confidence in Him—not a gathering of religious folk who desperately need reassurance. Perhaps seeking personal comfort is not wrong in itself. But it is desperately wrong when it becomes the primary reason for the existence of the local church. When that happens, the local church is no living fellowship at all, but a retreat center where anxious people draw resources that enable them merely to cope with the pains of life. The church then becomes a religious cushion.”
—C. John Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986), 20.
James P. Boyce in Confederate Garb
One Sunday at the Seminary dinner, a bunch of students came in from Church, saying, “We heard the greatest sermon of our lives today.”
“Who preached it?”
“Jim Peter.” (The nickname for Dr. Boyce).
“What was his text?”
“What was his theme?”
“What were the divisions of the discourse?”
That was the man.
—From SBTS Founders Day Address (manuscript), delivered Jan. 11, 1941, by David M. Ramsay, p. 4-5.
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On Perceiving Conservative Theology
Machen knew that many read the isolation of Princeton as a sign of its anachronistic thought, but he proffered a different analysis. ”Instead of holding that we have been left behind in the march of progress, ” he argued, “one might also conceivably hold that in a time of general intellectual as well as moral decadence we are striving to hold aloft the banner of truth until the dawn of a better day.”
—From Bradley J. Longfield, The Presbyterian Controversy, 169.
The members of my church have a volunteer schedule in place to keep the church grounds mowed and tidy during the summer months. One of these members, Mr. William, likes to lower the deck of his mower and cut the design of a cross in the middle of the church/parsonage backyard.
Cross in the grass
I was not really surprised to find the above cross mowed into my backyard after Mr. William took his turn mowing the church grounds this past weekend.
What I found farther back in the yard was a surpise—a Georgia “G”!
A Georgia “G” in the grass
With college football season starting up here recently, I was joking around with Mr. William and suggested that he cut a Georgia “G” in the backyard. He said he’d put a big “UK” back there instead.
Well lo and behold if I didn’t walk outside last Friday and find a Georgia “G” cut in the backyard!
My Georgia Bulldogs pulled off a big win over South Carolina this past weekend and I give all the credit to Mr. William and the “G” in my backyard. Now I just need him to come back and keep the “G” looking good all the way until the ‘Dawgs win the national championship. I think we may have started a winning tradition.
“Isham Peacock (circa 1820s), a Georgia Baptist minister, was renowned for carrying a hollowed-out cane filled with whiskey. Peacock, nearly one hundred years old at the time, would swill from his cane in front of his congregation to prove that he could drink liquor without becoming drunk.”
—From Joe L. Coker’s, Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause, 27.
Somehow I just don’t think that would fly if I were to try it one Sunday morning at my church.