Reading page updated. Books reflect my final semester of coursework, some sermon prep materials I’m working with, and few personal guilty pleasures.
“The best thing you can do for your fellow man, next to rousing his conscience, is not to give him things to think about, but to wake things that are in him; that is, to make him think things for himself.”
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.
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.
(HT: Take Your Vitamin Z)
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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.
Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
(Jeremiah 31:13 ESV)