A.D. 2020 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 5

Sociologists have studied 'time horizons.' Cultures in which people have relatively short time horizons are characterized by people devoting little time to thinking, worrying, and planning for a long-term future, and instead focus on maximizing happiness in the present or in the near future. Short time horizons correlate significantly with poverty. Conversely, in wealthier cultures people defer consumption and accumulate savings to make sure they have the monetary means to support themselves even after they quit working.

There is (at least) one other identifiable social subgroup besides the poor that tends to have short time horizons: politicians. They focus almost exclusively on the next election. Thus, they are unwilling to make helpful but inconvenient preventative adjustments today to avert serious crises in the future. The vote-craving politician kicks the can down the road, even though the 'can' (the problem) will be much larger, more costly, and more difficult to fix then. It's an ominous parallel that both poor people and politicians have short time horizons. — Mark Hendrickson

Posted January 12

Financial giving is not the only kind of generosity. Each of us must regularly ask: How can I be living a more generous life for God and for others using my time, talents, and material possessions? — worship service bulletin insert, Redeemer Lincoln Square

Posted January 19

Without a proper understanding of the State's biblical and constitutional purpose, function, and jurisdiction, Christians can be trapped into believing that the State ought to promote policies beyond its legitimate role and authority as long as it is all for 'the good of the people.' This can lead some to turn to the State for security at any cost to freedom. As long as those in power offer the benefits that come with power, few people complain, except, of course, those who are being fleeced with ever-growing tax bills. — American Vision

Posted January 26

The best proof that He will never cease to love us lies in that He never began. — Geerhardus Vos

Posted February 2

God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed…If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world. — Antonin Scalia

Posted February 9

When an old person dies a library burns to the ground. — Unknown

Posted February 16

The holy word of God, the Bible, is incarnation flavored. The salvific fragrance of Christ its great Subject exudes from every passage.

In the former days of His humiliation, the living Word ever spoke to men with the glory of His Father as the target of His unerring aim. Even so, faithful expositions of the inerrant written word are doxological as well as hortatory…didactic…consoling.

By the divine appointment of the "foolishness" of preaching, may the Son of man be lifted up to the glory of the Father in the power of the blessed Spirit of God!

Posted February 23

It is a dangerous thing, in the service of God, to decline from his own institutions; we have to do with a God who is wise to prescribe his own worship, just to require what he has prescribed, and powerful to revenge what he has not prescribed. — Bishop Hall

Posted March 1

Prophets don't dress themselves soft. They don't have an effeminate bearing. They don't dress and talk and carry themselves like women. Prophets aren't gay. John the Baptist was a man's man, and men who want to enter the kingdom of God will imitate him. Like John the Baptist, violent men will take the kingdom of heaven by force. — from the book The Grace of Shame, sub-titled 7 Ways the Church has Failed to Love Homosexuals

Posted March 8

I must confess that my own solid hopes for the well being of my country depends not on the wisdom of her rulers, nor on the spirit of her people, as on the persuasion that she still contains many who love and obey the Gospel. — William Wilberforce

Posted March 22

The body of the Word, then, being a real human body, in spite of its having been uniquely formed from a virgin, was of itself mortal and, like other bodies, liable to death. But the indwelling of the Word loosed it from this natural liability, so that corruption could not touch it.

Thus it happened that two opposite marvels took place at once: the death of all was consummated in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished. — Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation

Posted March 29

Gossip runs down more people than cars. — seen on a church sign in Bullock County GA

Posted April 5

I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of ages. — C.H. Spurgeon

Posted April 12

To the wicked man death is the end of all joys; to the godly man it is the end of all griefs. — Matthew Henry

Posted April 20

"Therapeutic Moral Deism: a mockery of what Jude contends for in his inspired New Testament letter. T. M. Deists have a nebulous conception of a god whose highest purpose is to heal, materially bless, happify and generally indulge the adherents of this popular religion which has deceived so many.

T.M.D.'s ethics are not based on the changeless law of the God of all grace. Rather it involves a relativistic, malleable code - loosely so termed. That mushy code can be personalized to fit whatever any given Therapeutic Moral Deist unilaterally declares to be right or wrong.

The T.M. Deist is projecting an idol out of his own foolish heart. His morality is actually doing whatever he wants to do. Thus the T.M.D. adherent usurps the place of humanity's Creator and Lawgiver, Who is also the Redeemer of those only who trust in Christ Jesus the only Savior and only hope of a lost world."

Posted April 26

The re-interpretation and eventually (sic) eradication of the concept of right and wrong which has been the basis of child training, the substitution of intelligent and rational thinking for faith...are the belated objectives of practically all effective psychotherapy. The fact is, that most psychiatrists and psychologists and other respectable people have escaped from these moral chains and are able to observe and think freely. — Brock Chisholm, first Director-General of the World Health Organization

Posted May 3

The Pharisees...had codified the commands of God's Law (numbering approximately 600), and added 6,000 more of their own rules in an attempt to be certain that they would not violate the 600! Rule-keeping became their way of being 'holy' and it was an abomination to God (see Matthew 23)! God did not redeem men in order to get 'workers' or 'rule-keepers' – if rule-keeping were the issue, men would have a right to be proud of themselves. No, God redeemed men to form His Church, so that He might fellowship with His people (Revelation 3:20). — from the Old Testament Survey course of Mount Zion Bible Institute's prison ministry

Posted May 10

Let us all be in earnest prayer as we pass through this worldwide affliction. Let us love others with the love of Christ. In this 'hurricane' let us sow our seed to the winds. Let us publish the glorious gospel of our glorious Christ and pray that God will be glorified in a great harvest of souls. Let us persevere in being faithful servants of a much more faithful Father. — Frank Maxson

Posted May 17

Consider what has happened to the word prejudice. When was the last time you heard it used in a neutral or positive sense? And yet originally prejudice simply meant to pre-judge something according to conventional wisdom. It was in this sense, for example, that Edmund Burke extolled prejudice writing that "prejudice renders a man's virtue his habit...through just prejudice his duty becomes a part of his nature." — Roger Kimball

Posted May 24

The Christian faith, simply stated, reminds us that our fundamental problem is not moral; rather, our fundamental problem is spiritual. It is not just that we are immoral, but that a moral life alone cannot bridge what separates us from God. Herein lies the cardinal difference between the moralizing religions and Jesus' offer to us. Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive. — Ravi Zacharias

Posted May 31

The big bang today relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities, things that we have never observed -- inflation, dark matter and dark energy are the most prominent examples. Without them, there would be a fatal contradiction between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation. It would, at the least, raise serious questions about the validity of the underlying theory. — An Open Letter to the Scientific Community; the lengthy list of highly credentialled signatories is appended to the letter, readily available online

Posted June 7

It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there. — John Bunyan

Posted June 14

Samuel and Samson were both Nazarites for life. Only three such are mentioned in Scripture, the third being John the Baptist. Samuel and Samson embody the differences existing in the religious life of Israel at this period [late in the era of the judges, ed.]

Samson was a Nazarite because God demanded it; Samuel was offered voluntarily as a Nazarite. Samson was a Nazarite outwardly, and was blessed with outward strength. Samuel was a Nazarite from his heart, and was blessed with strength of soul. It was Samuel, not Samson, who was used of God to deliver Israel from both the oppression of the Philistines and the sin which caused that oppression. — Mount Zion Bible Institute correspondence Old Testament survey course for prisoners

Posted June 21

No sin disgraces men more than pride, and that is the curse of God upon it. Pride seeks for the greatest honour to a man, and there is nothing that does more dishonour him. — Jeremiah Barrow

Posted June 28

The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. — Malcolm Muggeridge

Posted July 5

The worst of persecutions have often been carried on under colour of the necessary support of authority and government. — Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, A.D. 1662 – 1714

Posted July 12

In the heavenly glory to come, there will be no theological conversation which is merely "about" God. He will be not only the visible, core Subject of all conversation, but also an active participant. He will be the chief Speaker from Whom all the others will never cease to learn in adoring amazement.

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