A.D. 2021 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 3

There always is this fallacious belief: 'It would not be the same here; such things are impossible.' Alas, all the evil of the twentieth century is possible everywhere on earth. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (d. 3 August A.D. 2008)

Posted January 10

Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation and despair. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted January 17

Obedience to the Law of God begins with a sense of dutifulness (not to be forsaken) as by His grace we start our journey down Sanctification Road. In time anemic motives to obey are displaced by a more hearty agreement with that Law, propelling us onward with greater energy. As we near our wonderful destination, Glorification City, we find ourselves increasingly blessed with sheer delight in our loving Lord's commandments, precepts, and ways...Mem.

Posted January 24

I'm not a conspiracy theorist…I'm a coincidence skeptic. — Dan Brannan

Posted January 31

Prayer is the ship which bringeth home the richest freight. It is the soil which yields the most abundant harvest. — C.H. Spurgeon

Posted February 7

Death has become like a tyrant who has been completely conquered by the legitimate monarch; bound hand and foot as he now is, the passersby jeer at him, hitting him and abusing him, no longer afraid of his cruelty and rage, because of the king who has conquered him.

So has death been conquered and branded for what it is by the Saviour on the cross. It is bound hand and foot, all who are in Christ trample it as they pass and as witnesses to Him deride it, scoffing and saying, "O Death, where is thy victory? O grave, where is thy sting?" — Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Posted February 14

Plenty of people in our age do entertain the monstrous dreams of power that Mr. Lewis attributes to his characters, and we are within sight of the time when such dreams will be realizable. — [The Scientist Takes Over, Review of C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (1945) by George Orwell, Manchester Evening News, 16 August 1945]

Posted February 21

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said 'Repent,' he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance. — Martin Luther

Posted February 28

The doctrine of our reconciliation to God by a Mediator is not clouded with the smoke of burning sacrifices, but cleared by the knowledge of Christ and him crucified. — Matthew Henry

Posted March 7

Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips. — Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, a men's discipleship organization

Posted March 14

People need to be aware that there is a range of models that could explain the observations. For instance, I can construct you a spherically symmetrical universe with Earth at its center, and you cannot disprove it based on observations... you can only exclude it on philosophical grounds. In my view there is absolutely nothing wrong in that. What I want to bring into the open is the fact that we are using philosophical criteria in choosing our models. A lot of cosmology tries to hide that. — Dr. George F. R. Ellis

Posted March 21

Christians should be of a forgiving spirit, willing to make the best of every body, and to make all about them easy; forward to extenuate faults, and not to aggravate them; and they should contrive as much to show that they have forgiven an injury as others to show that they resent it. — Matthew Henry

Posted March 28

If I please Jesus, it doesn't matter whom I displease. If I displease Jesus, it doesn't matter whom I please! — Adrian Rogers

Posted April 4

Scripture depicts all human beings as needing to atone for their sins but lacking all power and resources for doing so. We have offended our holy Creator, Whose nature it is to hate sin and to punish it.

No acceptance by, or fellowship with, such a God can be expected unless atonement is made, and since there is sin in even our best actions, anything we do in hopes of making amends can only increase our guilt or worsen our situation.

This makes it ruinous folly to seek to establish one's own righteousness before God; it simply cannot be done. — J.I. Packer

Posted April 11

Let's be clear: Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time. There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights. — January 25, A.D. 2020 'tweet' by candidate Joe Biden

Posted April 18

[embarking on a ship to run away from God] ...Jonah paid the fare. When you run away from LORD, you never get to where you intend to go and you always pay your own fare. When you goes the LORD's way, you not only get to where you are going, but He pays the fare. Let God's Word map out your itinerary, not only impulses or circumstances – and let Him pay the fare! — Pastor David Guzik

Posted April 25

Through a series of well publicized reports – coauthored by teams of scientists and policy specialists and then edited by government authorities and environmental activists – the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] claimed to represent the "consensus of scientists."

Actually, it represents the consensus of politicians including not only those representing Western democracies but also the world's worst tyrants and dictators. Politicians set the organization's agenda, name the scientists who are allowed to participate, and rewrite the all important "Summaries for Policymakers" that the vast majority of policy makers and opinion leaders rely on to understand the thick and highly technical full reports. In these ways, the IPCC is a political, not a scientific, organization. This should be apparent from its name, which includes the word "intergovernmental" but not "scientific" or even "international." — S. Fred Singer, in his book Hot Talk, Cold Science

Posted May 2

The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is. — John Lancaster Spalding

Posted May 9

"Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind." — Matthew Prior

Posted May 16

I was once a lost and foolish agnostic who spoke of the UNIVERSE, and gullibly swallowed diverse modern myths about its origins.

After being found by the Savior of the world, I determined to honor my Lord by purifying my vocabulary and referring to the CREATION. For all things exist by the will of the eternal, almighty, personal God! By what He has made, He has proven to all mankind not merely His existence, but His eternal power and divine nature. He has left no excuse for the denials of proud human philosophizing.

Now more then ever aware of the thoroughness, depth, and richness of the Creator's plan to glorify Himself by a work even greater than His stupendous one of speaking all things into being, I propose that there might be yet a better term.

What is the destiny of this cosmos...this universe...this creation...the entirety of what exists by the divine will? In its everlasting, consummate state, this is what it will be: THE REDEMPTION! Its consummation is hastening on, why not start calling it that now?

Posted May 23

The history of the modern age is among other things the search for a viceroy for God. — Terry Eagleton, professor of literary and cultural theory at Lancaster University, in his book Culture and the Death of God.

Posted May 30

We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have stake the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. — James Madison, fourth president of the United States of America

Posted June 6

Every single divorce is the death of a small civilization – indeed the smallest of all civilizations; and the death of that small civilization weakens the entire civilization. — Pat Conroy

Posted June 13

How strange a chequer-work of Providence is the life of man! and by what secret different springs are the affections hurried about, as different circumstances present! To-day we love what to-morrow we hate; to-day we seek what to-morrow we shun; to-day we desire what to-morrow we fear, nay, tremble at the apprehensions of. — excerpt from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DaFoe

Posted June 20

The central event of the twentieth century is the overthrow of matter. In technology, economics, and the politics of nations, wealth in the form of physical resources is steadily declining in value and significance. The powers of mind are everywhere ascendant over the brute force of things. — George Gilder

Posted June 27

Most of God's people are contented to be saved from the hell that is without; they are not so anxious to be saved from the hell that is within. — Robert Murray McCheyne

Posted July 4

The true scientist never loses the faculty of amusement. It is the essence of his being. — J. Robert Oppenheimer

Posted July 11

Cheer up! You're worse than you ever thought and God's grace is greater than you ever imagined. — Jack Miller

Posted July 18

All that we spiritually know about ourselves, all that we know of God, and of Jesus, and His word, we owe to the teaching of the Holy Spirit; and all the real light, sanctification, strength and comfort we are made to possess on our way to glory, we must ascribe to Him. To be richly anointed with the Spirit is to be lead into all truth; and to be filled with the Spirit is to be filled with love to God and man. — Octavius Winslow

Posted July 25

One blessing of being created in the divine image is recognizing that self and all other things created are as nothing compared to the eternal majesty and glory of the living Creator. Only in relation to the One Who is infinitely worthy and Whose being is inexhaustible in its unfathomably rich depths can anything created have worth, meaning, or the capacity to convey satisfaction to spirits made like the Uncreated and for Him. Well wrote the inspired psalmist: "In Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore."

Posted August 1

The things our news media talks about incessantly, whether it's transgender bathrooms or Confederate statues – nothing like this is heard in China as it strengthens its position as the world's leading power. The Chinese don't find themselves stuck in these sterile, drain-circling conversations about identity politics. They are a waste of time. And we should demand of our politicians that they talk about things that aren't a waste of time. — Mark Steyn

Posted August 8

The transcendental proof for God's existence is that without Him it is impossible to prove anything. The atheist world view is irrational and cannot consistently provide the preconditions of intelligible experience, science, logic, or morality. The atheist world view cannot allow for laws of logic, the uniformity of nature, the ability for the mind to understand the world, and moral absolutes. — Greg Bahnsen

Originally "posted" c. 1,000 B.C.

...in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. (Ecclesiastes)

Posted August 22

How did we get to this point? How is it that we are all supposed to pretend that the only way you can know I'm a woman is if I tell you my pronouns? How did we get to an America in which a 13-year-old in the State of Washington can begin 'gender affirming' therapy without her parents' consent? How did we get to an America in which a 15-year-old in Oregon can undergo 'top surgery' – elective double mastectomy – without her parents' permission? — Abigail Shrier

Posted August 29

We have heard it before, but we need to hear it very definitely – the condition of God's blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands. Praise God! If our hearts are willing for that, there is no end to what God will do for us, and to the blessing God will bestow. — Andrew Murray

Posted September 5

"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people'...To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition." — Thomas Jefferson

Posted September 12

We hear so-called experts on TV warning that social distancing, masks, and other restrictions will still be necessary after people are vaccinated! All indications are that those in power have not intention of allowing Americans to live normally – which for Americans means to live freely – again. And sadly, just as in Galileo's time, the root of our problem lies in the "experts" and vested academic interests. — Scott W. Atlas

Posted September 19

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. — Saul Alinsky, ideologue of leftists activism, d. A.D. 1972

Posted September 26

You can give without loving but you can't love without giving. — Unknown

Posted October 3

My dear friends in Christ, among the subjects about which a Christian who believes himself to be near his end carries regrets, there is certainly none he would want so much to reform, if he returned to life, as prayer. — Adolphe Monod, 19th century French pastor

Posted October 10

Among the many ridiculous utterances of which we fallen creatures are capable, this one stands out for its sad absurdity: "God has nothing to do with this!"

Posted October 17

In an interview that was published in New York Times Magazine Sunday edition (July 5, 2009), the late Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she thought the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion was predicated on the Supreme Court majority's desire to diminish "populations that we don't want to have too many of." — Gary DeMar, the American Vision, September 21, A.D. 2021

Posted October 24

The moral law was but for the searching of the wound, the ceremonial law for the shadowing forth of the remedy; but Christ is the end of both. — Matthew Henry

Posted October 31

You can avoid the debate [over the contested issues of the faith] if you choose. You need only drift with the current. Preach every Sunday like you studied in college and these questions will probably never trouble you. The great questions may be easily avoided. Many preachers are avoiding them and they are preaching to the air. The Church is waiting for men of another type. Men to fight her battles and solve her problems. — J. Gresham Machen

Posted November 7

The tyrant wants no law above his own will, no associates but men of his own stamp of baseness. He is willing to administer the laws when he can bend them to his will, but he will break them when he can no longer bend them. — Frederick Douglass

Posted November 14

When blindness and boldness, ignorance and arrogance, weakness and willfulness, meet together in men, it renders them odious to God, burdensome in society, dangerous in their counsels, disturbers of better purposes, intractable and incapable of better direction, miserable in the issue. — Richard Sibbes

Posted November 21

[Natural] ...selection is an inherently mystical concept – which the discovery of internal mechanisms in organisms is making easier to see. As far as we know, the environment is unconscious and, thus, the analogy comparing it to a conscious human breeder has always been illegitimate. When selectionists invoke natural selection, they magically project onto nature intelligence and volition that they envision as exercising agency. Selectionists habitually summon selection to "act on," "favor," "work on," "punish," etc. — Dr. R. J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.

Posted November 28

The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremest folly, and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing. No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized. — Booker T. Washington, Atlanta Exposition speech, A.D. 1895

Posted December 12

Make no mistake, criminal organizations – which are adept at exploiting weak and ambiguous U.S. immigration policies – are paying close attention to what's happening and will adapt their tactics and procedures accordingly. The commonsense reality is that by incentivizing and facilitating illegal immigration, the Biden administration is making it easier for drugs to pour into the U.S., for human trafficking to expand, and for criminal aliens to infiltrate our society. — Mark Morgan

Posted December 19

Legalism takes good rules and uses them in ways that forget about people. — Unknown

Posted December 26

There was a time when the church was very powerful — in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. — Martin Luther King Jr. (letter from a Birmingham jail)

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