A.D. 2017 Quotes of the Week


Posted January 1

AMERICA is the paradise of heterodoxy. All sorts of wild, strange and even abominable religions flourish unchecked, side by side, and generally without violent collision. The wild dreams of the fervid Oriental imagination; the vague shadowings of Gothic mysticism; the coarse materialism of French infidelity, and the ideal fancies of Greek and Asiatic; all the errors and worn out theories of the Old World, of schisms in the early Church, the monkish age and the rationalistic period, find here a free air, a fertile soil, a more congenial clime and a second native country, as it were, in which new and more luxuriant growths spring rapidly from the old and half dead stocks of pseudo-theology. — J.H. Beadle, from the Preface of Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism being an expose of the secret rites and ceremonies of the Latter Day Saints, with a full and authentic history of polygamy and the Mormon sect from its origin to the present time (1870)


Posted January 8

After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life. — Evelyn Underhill


Posted January 15

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true. — Martin Luther King, Jr.


Posted January 22

Christ summarized the perfect and holy law in two great commandments. One reason He could do this is because the full version, given in multiple commandments, is a unified whole. It is essentially "love's manual." Love is keeping the commandments of the God.


Posted January 29

The linking of the Christian church with the ruling political regime is not essential to the life and fruitfulness of Christian faith. On the contrary, such linking has more often proven to corrupt the essential spirit of Christ, who typically uses the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27), and whose life-saving weapons do not consist in media monopolies, commanding wealth, or civil laws. — John Piper


Posted February 5

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. — G.K. Chesterton


Posted February 12

A fetus isn't a potential child, but a child full of potential. — Pastor Robert Arendale


Posted February 19

...Darwin introduced historicity into science. Evolutionary biology, in contrast with physics and chemistry, is a historical science – the evolutionist attempts to explain events and processes that have already taken place. Laws and experiments are inappropriate techniques for the explication of such events and processes. Instead one constructs a historical narrative, consisting of a tentative reconstruction of the particular scenario that led to the events one is trying to explain. — evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr


Posted February 26

The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none. — Andrew Jackson


Posted March 5

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. — Gelett Burgess, d. A.D. 1951 (according to Wikipedia, he coined the term blurb)


Posted March 12

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. — John Calvin


Posted March 26

Man may by his appointment make a good day (Esther 9:19), but it is God's prerogative to make a holy day; nor is any thing sanctified but by the stamp of his institution. As all inherent holiness comes from his special grace, so all adherent holiness from his special appointment. — Bible commentator Matthew Henry on Leviticus 23


Posted April 2

Actually, the culture wars have only just begun. Since the 1970's, when Christian conservatives awoke from their self-induced, decades-old stupor to reengage politics, they took their strategy from the political playbook lying right before them: the Left's. This meant: politics. For the last 40 years or so, Christian conservatives haven't been fighting a culture war; they've been fighting a culturally driven political war. They've assumed that politics is the most natural path toward cultural renewal. — P. Andrew Sandlin


Posted April 9

Those who do not think about their own sins make up for it by thinking incessantly about the sins of others. — C. S. Lewis


Posted April 16

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew. — Francis de Sales


Posted April 23

If we grow wiser and more learned in our intercourse with wise and learned persons, how much more will we gain in our inner life by communing with God in prayer. — Huldrych Zwingli


Posted April 30

When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship. — Real Live Preacher


Posted May 7

The sentimental secularism of modern Western culture, with its exalted optimism about human nature, its shrunken idea of God, and its skepticism as to whether personal morality really matters – in other words, its decay of conscience – makes it hard for Christians to take the reality of hell seriously. The revelation of hell in Scripture assumes a depth of insight into divine holiness and human and demonic sinfulness that most of us do not have. However, the doctrine of hell appears in the New Testament as a Christian essential, and we are called to try to understand it as Jesus and His apostles did. — J. I. Packer, Concise Theology


Posted May 14

The effectual calling of God in Christ makes the one called humbly thankful to the core of his being. That one is astounded to be an object of the divine love. It is so deliberate in its passion, so far beyond comprehension, and it will not be denied! But arrogant boastfulness about a professed depth of understanding into the high and holy mysteries of sovereign grace does not come from the Spirit of grace. It is not of Him Who calls the lowly and despised.


Posted May 21

"The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night."
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Posted May 28

The whole past time of your faith will profit you nothing, unless now in this wicked time we also withstand coming sources of danger. … Take heed, lest resting at our ease, as those who are the called, we fall asleep in our sins. For then, the wicked prince, acquiring power over us, will thrust us away from the kingdom of the Lord. … And you should pay attention to this all the more, my brothers, when you reflect on and see that after such great signs and wonders had been performed in Israel, they were still abandoned. Let us beware lest we be found to be, as it is written, the "many who are called," but not the "few that are chosen." — Ante Nicene Fathers, Volume 1, pg.139


Posted June 4

Since 1998, more than 31,000 American scientists from diverse climate-related disciplines, including more than 9,000 with Ph.D.s, have signed a public petition announcing their belief that "…there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate." — Larry Bell, Forbes magazine contributor


Posted June 11

Consider with horror the realm of American entertainment and its gross profligacy. Study with sorrow the radical, oppressive agenda of academic leaders and their indoctrination of our youth. Be enraged at the routine duplicity of civil leaders as well as with more spectacular instances of ethical misconduct in high places. Be disgusted with junk science, fake news, and with the folly, waste, greed, and callousness that abound.

Worst of all, grieve at the disobedience of God's people and their carelessness of His ways. LAWLESSNESS is the order of the day in America. Now look up in the Bible what the Lord Christ will say on the day of judgement to those who practice LAWLESSNESS. Then, pray fervently and continually for a spiritual revival the likes of which the world has never known!


Posted June 18

It is not wrong to desire to be the object of the love and affections of others. Some desires are wicked lusts, but longing to be appreciated, valued, and wanted by others is a good and righteous desire. The second great commandment is love your neighbor AS you love yourself, not "love your neighbor, and DESPISE yourself."

The practical outworking of that? Strive to live in love (obedience to God's commandments) at all times. Appreciate, value, and encourage others with all your might. Never behave deceitfully and selfishly in order to coerce or entrap others into doing those things for you. When you are slighted, take it as a call to humility, not vengeance. Above all, remembering that God loves all His children far more than they can fathom (Matthew 7:11, Ephesians 3:19), make sure of your standing with the heavenly Father.

Jesus told some people of His generation that they were children of the devil (John 8:44). Who's YOUR daddy?


Posted June 25

The early 1900s saw the rise of strain of liberal theology famously caricatured by [Reinhold] Niebuhr's brother, H. Richard Niebuhr, in the sentence: "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross." Reinhold joined his brother in disdaining this glib gospel, especially in light of the horrors of WWI and WWII. — Elesha Coffman, May 19 A.D. 2017 edition of Christianity Today


Posted July 2

I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. — George Washington


Posted July 9

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change. — Richard Bach


Posted July 16

The first cremation in America took place in 1876, accompanied by readings from Charles Darwin and the Hindu scriptures. For many years, relatively few persons (mostly liberals and freethinkers) chose cremation. — Timothy George, Cremation Confusion, article published in Christianity Today, May 21, 2002


Posted July 23

...the words 'theoretical,' 'speculative,' and 'contemplative,' have all lost their honorable connotations in our culture. Instead of referring to truth, the words 'theoretical' and 'speculative both now connote 'uncertainty.' And 'contemplative' is limited to monks and mystics.

This is a symptom of deep cultural decay, and stems largely from Francis Bacon, who announced a radically new Summum bonum (greatest good) for our culture: the conquest of nature by applied science. In other words not truth but power; not conforming the human mind to reality but conforming reality to the human will. — Peter Kreeft


Posted July 30

If you are fighting sin, you are alive. Take heart. But if sin holds sway unopposed, you are dead no matter how lively this sin makes you feel. Take heart, embattled saint! — John Owen


Posted August 6

This is a course of study found the current Episcopal Divinity School catalogue:

"T 2010 Contemporary Christologies — Who is Jesus Christ for us today? is course will explore a number of contextual christologies, including the Black Christ, the feminist Christ, the womanist Christ, the Asian Christ, the Asian feminist Christ, the Latina Christ, the queer Christ, and the disabled Christ. is course will also explore the intersections of postcolonial and queer theory with contemporary christological reflection."

Has the word IS been substituted deliberately for THIS in the course description or did the same typo occur twuce?


Posted August 13

Deep reading is harder than ever. Today, given the amount of written words that come into our lives on a given day, we have simply grown careless. "Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words," laments writer Nicholas Carr. "Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski." We can hardly get submerged into the serious work of reading a book before we feel the desire to digitally surface and Jet Ski (skim) over easier waters. — Tony Reinke, in his book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You


Posted August 20

I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized. — Davy Crockett


Posted August 27

So are you simmering, or sacrificing? Do you watch the news and spout denunciations, or do you turn off the screen and simply go DO SOME GOOD IN THIS WORLD? Call a lonely friend, counsel a hurting young person, donate your time and skills to another in need. Don't just give money to a cause and keep complaining. Get messy. — B. Rickert


Posted September 3

I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam? — so remarked Richard Dawkins, prominent a-Theist, evolutionist, and author of The God Delusion, after the cancellation of an event at which he had been scheduled to speak


Posted September 10

Belief in the miraculous is integral to Christianity. Theologians who discard all miracles, thus obliging themselves to deny Jesus' incarnation and resurrection, the supreme miracles of Scripture, should not claim to be Christians: the claim is not valid. The rejection of miracles by yesterday's scientists sprang not from science but from the dogma of a universe of absolute uniformity that scientists brought to their scientific work. There is nothing irrational about believing that God Who made the world can still intrude creatively into it. — J.I. Packer


Posted September 17

In the pluralistic society that we see around us today, families that wish to pass their faith to their children are compromised by their inability to isolate them from the irreligious ideas of individuals or groups they come in contact with. Many mature, doctrinally orthodox Christian parents are sorrowing over wayward children and grandchildren. They feel they have done a reasonably good job of raising them and don't understand why they have left the faith. Parents can do an excellent job and yet have it be subverted by a trusted friend or schoolteacher or anyone the child comes in contact with who impresses him or her favorably.

Sports figures, TV personalities, books, movies, popular music, and social media exert a cumulative effect on the mind of the growing, learning child or youth. To think that the cultural impact on the faith is negligible or easily compensated for is extremely foolish. It is a highly charged and relentless propaganda that drives home the message that there is no God. Perhaps the most insidious form this takes is simply the omission of any reference to God througout a book or movie or during the whole day at school. The silence is effectively a loud declaration of the non-existence of God. — Lou Poumakis


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