A.D. 2022 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 3

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. — Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn

Posted January 9

The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason. — T.S. Eliot

Posted January 16

Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators." But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. — Martin Luther King Jr. (letter from a Birmingham jail)

Posted January 23

It is going to take an enormous amount of biblical commitment, theological clarity, and individual and congregational courage to stand against the tide of the moral and ideological revolution of the culture. — Albert Mohler

Posted January 30

In a 1918 poem, [Rudyard] Kipling depicted the USSR as a sanctum of evil that replaced what good there once was in Russia with "the sound of weeping and the sight of burning fire, and the shadow of a people trampled into the mire." Moscow banned his writings for decades long after his death in 1936. — Fee Stories article by Lawrence W. Reed

Posted February 6

A large and self-sufficient middle class is essential to citizenship, as it prevents an unstable, binary society of rich and poor. The once thriving American middle class is now vanishing due to high debts, low wages, and government policies that trap citizens in a prolonged adolescence. — Victor Davis Hanson

Posted February 13

Scripture shows us how to live, community shows us how we are living. — Dr. Bill Donahue

Posted February 20

Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage, and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises. — Abraham Lincoln

Posted February 27

Too many Christians are passive in their loss of joy. They need to realize it is a great loss and do everything they can to draw close to God and reclaim that fullness of joy. The Christian's joy wants looking to. If any of you have lost the joy of the Lord, I pray you do not think it a small loss. — C.H. Spurgeon

Posted March 6

A recent study of the DNA of thale cress, a roadside weed, found that gene mutations in the plant occurred in a surprisingly nonrandom fashion. The new research presents a challenge to the neo-Darwinian paradigm, which has long asserted that evolution occurs through purely random mutation and natural selection...

...This "mutation bias" is a good thing for the thale cress. It's also good for humans, who appear to benefit from the same phenomenon: A separate study published in Genome Research in January found that people in Africa, where malaria is common, were more likely than Europeans to develop a de novo genetic mutation (one not inherited from either parent) protecting them from the disease. Lead author Adi Livnat from the University of Haifa told Salon [magazine, ed.] the results "challenge the central neo-Darwinian assumption on a fundamental level." — Juliana Chan Erikson, World Magazine, February 24 A.D. 2022

Posted March 13

A minister without boldness is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove. — William Gurnall

Posted April 3

At first the originals of the respective nations were known; but at this day, we have reason to think, the nations are so mingled with one another, by the enlargement of commerce and dominion, the transplanting of colonies, the carrying away of captives, and many other circumstances, that no one nation, no, nor the greatest part of any, is descended entire from any one of these fountains. Only this we are sure of, that God has created of one blood all nations of men; they have all descended from one Adam, one Noah. — Matthew Poole

Posted April 10

Prayer is not a matter of cajoling a reluctant God to get what you want, it is one of communing with the God Who wants to give you what is far better, on His terms.

Posted April 17

The Bible is thought of as authoritative on everything of which it speaks, moreover it speaks of everything. We do not mean that it speaks of football games, of atoms, etc. directly but we do mean that it speaks of everything either directly or by implication. It tells not only of the Christ and His work, but also tells us Who God is and where the universe about us has come from.

It tells us about Theism as well as about Christianity. It gives us a philosophy of history as well as history. Moreover the information on these subjects is woven into an inextricable whole. It is only if you reject the Bible as the word of God that you can separate the so-called religious and moral instruction of the Bible from what it says, for example, about the physical universe. — Cornelius Van Til

Posted April 24

An invitation to a 'personal relationship with God' is about as attractive to some as telling an eighth-grader they can have a 'personal relationship with the assistant principal.' But when we know the greatness, the goodness, and the glory of God, we want to have a relationship with Him. — David Guzik

Posted May 1

Schools exist for the education of children. Schools do not exist to provide iron-clad jobs for teachers, billions of dollars in union dues for teachers unions, monopolies for the educational bureacracies, a guaranteed market for [graduates of] teachers colleges, or a captive audience for indoctrinators. — Thomas Sowell

Posted May 8

Sin is of a very deceitful and bewitching nature. It will kiss the soul, and look enticing to the soul, and yet betray the soul forever. It will with Delilah smile upon us – that it may betray us into the hands of the devil – as she betrayed Samson into the hands of the Philistines. — Thomas Brooks

Posted May 15

No benefit can be gained by focusing an education on anti-reason cultures, their only academic merit lies in contrasting them to Western civilization as models of inferiority. — Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Posted May 22

Many saw the ark, but unless they were in it, they were not safe! You may hear of Christ, but if you are not in Christ, it will avail you nothing. — Thomas Manton

Posted May 29

Anyone who is in a position of spiritual leadership who fails to teach the more demanding, less comfortable, 'narrow gate' and 'rough road' side of discipleship becomes a false prophet. — J.I. Packer

Posted June 5

At the bases of the oldest cultures of mankind we must look for a single influence...We must look back beyond antiquity for an X, or a still unknown cultural world that set the engine we know in motion. The Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and Romans were all our teachers, but who were our teachers' teachers? — Valeri Brussov

Posted June 19

Not for our virtues nor for our general worthiness are we remembered wistfully by those who stay on. Not for our sterling qualities are we cruelly missed when missing is futile. Worthiness, in its death, does not leave behind it the grinding heartache that comes at memory of some lovely naughty or mischievous or delightfully perverse trait... — Albert Payson Terhune of Sunnybank, early 20th century dog breeder

Posted June 26

"...I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies, says the Lord GOD." Therefore turn and live! (Ezekiel 18:32)

Could it be that hell is the most LENIENT punishment that the eternal, all glorious, thrice holy God of absolutely perfect righteousness and love can impose?

Posted July 3

In a world of self-promoting academics, coining buzzwords and aligning themselves on the side of the angels of the moment, George Stigler epitomized a rare integrity as well as a rare intellect. He jumped on no bandwagons, beat no drums for causes, created no personal cult. He did the work of a scholar and a teacher – both superbly – and found that sufficient. If you wanted to learn, and above all if you wanted to learn how to think – how to avoid the vague words, fuzzy thoughts, or maudlin sentiments that cloud over reality – then Stigler was your man. — Thomas Sowell, eulogizing the Nobel prize winning economist

Posted July 10

My faith has no bed to sleep upon but Omnipotence. — Samuel Rutherford

Posted July 17

Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals. — Martin Luther King Jr. (letter from a Birmingham jail)

Posted July 24

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? — Corrie Ten Boom

Posted July 31

You asked for a loving God: you have one. The great spirit you so lightly invoked, the 'lord of terrible aspect,' is present: not a senile benevolence that drowsily wishes you to be happy in your way, not the cold philanthropy of a conscientious magistrate, nor the care of a host who feels responsible for the comfort of his guests, but the consuming fire Himself, the love that made the worlds, persistent as the artist's love for his work and despotic as a man's love for a dog, provident and venerable as a father's love for a child, jealous, inexorable, exacting as love between the sexes. — C.S. Lewis

Posted August 7

The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like His. — George MacDonald

Posted August 14

Day by day, dear Lord, three things I pray. To see Thee more clearly, to love Thee more dearly, to follow Thee more nearly…day by day. — from the musical Godspell, opened off Broadway May 17, Anno Domini 1971

Posted August 21

Grant, almighty God, since You propose to us no other end than that of constant warfare during our whole life, and subject us to many cares until we arrive at the goal of this temporary racecourse: Grant, I pray, that we may never grow fatigued.

May we ever be armed and equipped for battle, and whatever are the trials by which You prove us, may we never be found deficient. May we always aspire toward Heaven with upright souls, and strive with all our endeavors to attain that blessed rest which is laid up for us in Heaven, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. — John Calvin

Posted August 28

We are living in an era steeped in faith-based science. Deep trust in science, as defined by those perceived to be authoritative scientists in very complex scientific areas, has become blatant with the coronavirus crisis. To make sure we stayed healthy in addition to staying alive, we trusted what the scientific experts were telling us about the deadly disease.

Now a certain amount of distrust of such expertise has set in.

As the public learns more about the virus and the subsequent extended actions to shut down society to stave off its anticipated ravages, many are beginning to see the overreach that unnecessarily restricted individual freedoms. And, concerns abound about how the template of COVID-19 hysteria and lockdowns will play out with future crises. — Anthony J. Sadar

Posted September 4

He uses all history, is never used by it, bends it, molds it, shapes it in terms of his eternal purpose, and none can stay his hand. But men seek a god they can use, not a God who uses them. — R.J. Rushdoony

Posted September 11

One of the most respected scientists and educators of modern times, physicist Richard Feynman, perhaps said it best during a speech to the National Science Educators Association in 1966. Feynman asserted that "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Beyond that, Feynman contended that the "experts who are leading you may be wrong…there is a considerable amount of intellectual tyranny in the name of science." — Anthony J. Sadar

Posted September 18

To make known His eternal glory and with unparalleled artistry, God poured all His heart into His work of creating this vast and amazing universe.

That's why He personally watches over and cares for His masterpiece, by His almighty power according to His infinite wisdom, with diligence and jealousy.

And at great personal cost God acted to redeem His once pure and perfect creation, now groaning under the corruption introduced to it by sin.

With God nothing is "just business." Everything is personal. God takes personally everything you and I do, say, and think.

Posted September 25

When...Eric Harris was autopsied, the medical examiner found that under his black trench coat the boy had on a white t-shirt emblazoned with a peculiar slogan. The slogan was "Natural Selection."

It was later reported but little commented upon that, on his website, Harris had written, among other paeans to the Darwinian mechanism, "Natural SELECTION!!!!! [expletive] it's the best thing that ever happened to the earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms...but its all natural!!! YES!" — Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D., Acts and Facts vol. 51 no. 5

Eric Harris was one of the assailants in the A.D. 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Posted October 2

Christ, just before he expired, spoke like a man in his full strength, to show that his life was not forced from him, but was freely delivered by him into his Father's hands, as his own act and deed. He that had strength to cry thus when he died, could have got loose from the arrest he was under, and have bid defiance to the powers of death; but to show that by the eternal Spirit he offered himself, being the Priest as well as the Sacrifice, he cried with a loud voice. — Bible commentator Matthew Henry on Matthew 27:46

Posted October 9

The unaided self is powerless to achieve self control. A greater Self must come alongside to provide the power.

That greater Self is like the wind: unseen but known by its effects. He alone produces spiritual fruit in the redeemed soul; the precious fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and...self control.

Posted October 16

We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. — C.S. Lewis

Posted October 23

Eschatological inquiry should be a genuinely Christian concern in that it is fraught with tremendous moral and cultural, as well as spiritual, implications. Regrettably, prophetic studies have been dominated so by a naive sensationalism that they have become a source of embarrassment and grief to many in conservative Christendom. — Kenneth L. Gentry

Posted October 30

The climate change prognosticators said in 2007 that the Arctic Ice Cap would melt by 2013. In 2013, the ice cap was intact and had grown by 538,000 square miles. That same year, it was the calmest hurricane season in almost 20 years. It was also the quietest tornado season that year in nearly 60 years…In the 1970s, people who predicted the total annihilation of humanity over global warming thought that 'global cooling' would create a massive food crisis as the North American continent would undergo another period of glaciation. That didn't happen either, but we must listen to them now and waste trillions in economic output and growth to avert disaster. If we don't heed their warnings, we could all be dead in 12 years or something. — Matt Vespa, Senior Editor at Townhall.com

Posted November 6

"Many rush from their first profession of faith to the last book in the Bible, treating it as little more than a book of hallucinations, hastily disdaining a sober-minded attempt to allow the Bible to interpret itself – and finding, ultimately, only a reflection of their own prejudices." — David Chilton

Posted November 13

If you knew how quickly people would forget about you after your death, you would not seek in your life to please anyone but God. — John Chrysostom, 4th century Church father

Posted November 20

Evolutionary biologists are in the unenviable position of trying to explain the origin of creatures that give every indication of exquisite engineering – but without appealing to a real engineer. Nobody has seen engineers design without a purpose, or a complex entity spontaneously come into existence. Thus the first article of faith for evolutionary biologists – i.e. that there's no biological engineer – forces their assumptions to be counterintuitive to human experience. — R.J. Guliuzza and A.T. Guliuzza

Posted November 27

For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity. — Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Sioux (c. 1831 - 1890)

Posted December 4

Even a band of robbers can only exist if within its own organization it respects the rules. A liar always garbs himself or herself in the guise of truth. A sinner pursues evil under pretense of the good. Satan himself appears as an angel of light. In its operation and appearance, sin is always doomed to borrow, despite itself, from the treasury of virtue. It is subject to the unalterable fate – while striving for the destruction of all good – of working simultaneously on its own demise. It is a parasite of the good. — Herman Bavinck

Posted December 11

There is a 'thinkable' and an 'unthinkable' in every era. One era is quite certain intellectually and emotionally about what is acceptable. Yet another era decides that these 'certainties' are unacceptable and puts another set of values into practice. On a humanistic base, people drift along from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes the thinkable as the years move on.

The thinkables of the eighties and nineties will certainly include, things which most people today find unthinkable and immoral, even unimaginable and too extreme to suggest. Yet, since they do not have some overriding principle that takes them beyond relativistic thinking – when these become thinkable and acceptable in the eighties and nineties, most people will not even remember that they were unthinkable in the seventies. They will slide into each new thinkable without a jolt. — Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop

Posted December 18

I beg and faithfully warn every pious Christian not to stumble at the simplicity of the language and stories that will often meet him there [in Genesis]. He should not doubt that, however simple they may seem, these are the very words, works, judgments, and deeds of the high majesty, power, and wisdom of God. — Martin Luther

Posted December 25

The would-be interpreter of Revelation must approach the book with extreme caution and in humble recognition of the fact that he is studying a book that has perplexed the finest minds and confused the most godly saints throughout Christian history. — Kenneth L. Gentry

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