Category Archives: Quotes

Marriage as Gospel Picture

Marriage is instituted by the Triune God, and when rightly understood it is one of the most glorious pictures of the gospel ever given to man. And of course, when it is abused (as it often is), it presents a … Continue reading

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Instantaneous Resurrection

At the end of history, Paul says our bodies will be transformed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye. God will dress us with new bodies and introduce us to a feast that will last forever.

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Not to Escape

The point is not to escape from earth  and find oneself at last in heaven, but to let the present ‘heavenly’ life change the present earthly reality. {N.T Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, 355}

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Creation is Re-Created

Chittister writes: But only here in this time, between the bursting of the Holy Spirit, does the full awareness of what it is to live in Christ, with Christ, and through Christ finally dawn. Indeed, these first Christians were the … Continue reading

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The Rushing Wind

“But when Jesus ascended on high, the spirit descended from on high “like a rush of a mighty wind.” Through this it is made clear that nothing will be able to stand against them and they will blow away all … Continue reading

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Unbridled Rejoicing

We do not merely live out our length of days and then have the hope of the resurrection as an addendum; rather…Christ’s resurrection has set in motion a chain of inexorable events that absolutely determines our present and our future…That … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday in Lent: Psalm 107:1-9: Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so

People of God, this morning we are going to sample a little more of the Lenten journey in the Psalter by focusing on a small portion of the lengthy Psalm 107. This is a psalm of desperation.[1] It is a … Continue reading

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Everything is Allowed

A parishioner gave me a copy of Randy Alcorn’s collection of quotations about heaven, the new earth, and the life after death. The book is over 600 pages, and I can already imagine myself enjoying it for years to come. … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Lent: Psalm 22:23-31

People of God, we will be journeying this Lenten Season through the Psalter. And this morning we come to Psalm 22. This is a psalm generally associated with the crucifixion of our Lord. The words of David in verse one … Continue reading

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Theocracy and Libertarianism

“Few things are more commonly misunderstood than the nature and meaning of theocracy. It is commonly assumed to be a dictatorial rule by self-appointed men who claim to rule for God. In reality, theocracy in Biblical law is the closest … Continue reading

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Exodus and Bedroom

Peterson’s brilliant Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Ministry has been refreshing to re-read after all these years. Here is a stunning observation on the inter-connectedness of life: Life-changing love, massive and overpowering in the history of the Exodus, is celebrated … Continue reading

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Augustine on the binding of the devil

He (the devil) is tied up like a dog on a chain, and can only bite someone who, deathly sure of himself, goes near him. Wouldn’t you think a man a fool who let hiimself be bitten by a chained … Continue reading

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Gratitude brings light

Our minds are darkened, and divided, unless we are filled with thanksgiving. Gratitude is an epistemological virtue. –Peter Leithart

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Jesus, the Human

Letham humanifies our Lord in remarkable fashion: (Jesus) was apparently a convivial companion, creating vintage wine for a wedding banquet when supplies ran out and enjoying food and alcoholic beverages like everyone else in the first-century Israel…this is hardly surprising, … Continue reading

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Highest Creature

Robert Letham ties union with Christ with creation (a neglected connection). Concerning Psalm 8, Letham concludes: Man is therefore a creature, made by God, not eternal or intrinsically immortal but the highest creature, to whom and for whom the world … Continue reading

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St. Athanasius on the Psalms

St. Athanasius on the Psalms: So then, my son, let whoever reads this Book of Psalms take the things in it quite simply as God-inspired; and let each select from it, as from the fruits of a garden, those things … Continue reading

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The Intent of Biblical Stories

Eric Auerback (Mimesis, 14-15) writes that the intent of biblical stories: “is not to bewitch the senses, and if nevertheless they produce lively sensory effects, it is only because the moral, religious, and psychological phenomena which are their sole concern … Continue reading

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Philosophical Wisdom v. God’s Wisdom

While philosophical wisdom is an abstraction, God’s wisdom in Christ is particular, historical, and counterintuitive to human reason. It involves the incarnation of God’s Son, his death on the cross, the triumph of the resurrection, the sending of his Spirit, … Continue reading

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RESURRECTION!

“The resurrection of Jesus is Christianity. And this means that it becomes the starting point for all Christian thinking and living, challenging all other possible starting points.” ―N. T. Wright

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Lenten Quote, Day 33

Embracing the crucified Lord means embracing His Lordship. –Sermon Excerpt

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Welcoming the King…

Robert Rayburn writes: …you cannot welcome the King of Kings astride his white steed, with the armies of heaven following behind him, until you have welcomed, trusted, and loved the humble king, riding on the colt of a donkey, who … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 24

God is the greatest of all who do good by stealth and do not crave for every benefit to be acknowledged. Or we may see how our pain becomes a blessing to others. And we turn the spirit of heaviness … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 17

We must insist upon the positiveness of the divine life in us. The Christian spirit is a positive and aggressive force in the world. It is not on the defensive. It is not a mere shrinking from evil and abstinence … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 9

Is it necessary to explain that Easter is much more than one of the feasts, more than a yearly commemoration of a past event? Anyone who has, be it only once, taken part in that night which is “brighter than the day,” … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 8

I venture the affirmation that the great need of the Christian life, is the need of the grace of humility. Humility, which exalts the law of God, and the example of Jesus Christ, our righteousness; humility which has the courage … Continue reading

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Imaging the Triune Life; or Living Perichoretically

Because we are made in God’s image, God is the model for humanity. The Father, Son, and Spirit mutually indwell one another’s lives (Jn. 13-17). The theological term for this is “perichoresis.” “Peri” is Greek for “around.” We get the … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 6

Lent is a season for taking stock and cleaning house, a time of self-examination, confession and repentance.  But we need to remind ourselves constantly what true repentance looks like.  “Giving up” something for Lent is fine, but you keep Lent best by … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 2

The concept of a church calendar is certainly rooted in biblical principles (especially the fact that God gave Israel a calendar to commemorate his work on their behalf) and the pattern of the church’s calendar is drawn from the core of the … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 1

Perhaps that cross which you have so long and so anxiously asked God to lift from you, may be in itself a channel of mercy which you can not afford to lose. –Rev. T.M. Clarke The Season of Lent gives … Continue reading

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The Christian Right and the State

“The entire medieval and Protestant tradition is anti-Statist, and that includes, as Augustine taught us, the view that the State is the least important institution among Church, State, and Family. Yet, the great irony of the Christian Right is that … Continue reading

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