“Though it be not true that ‘ridicule is the test of truth,’ it is certainly a very effective way of refuting pretentious falsehood” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 203).
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“The love of purely abstract reasoning leads many minds astray as to religious truth” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 195).
“Men can be content to have other sins declaimed against, but if the minister puts his finger on the sore, and touches this sin, their hearts begin to burn in malice against him” (Watson, as quoted in Hughes, Expository Preaching With Word Pictures, p. 273).
“Sloth is as inexcusable in a minister as sleeping in a sentry” (Watson, as quoted in Hughes, Expository Preaching With Word Pictures, p. 252).
“Jesus professed to work miracles; he cannot by possibility have been deceived on the subject; and so, either he did work miracles, or he was a bad man. Against his character all the objections to miracles must shatter, like surf against the rock. And this is not arguing in a circle; not proving the miracles by Christ, and Christ by the miracles. The concurrence of the two makes it easy to account for both; the denial of the miracles necessitates conclusions more improbable than the miraculous” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 183).
“The Word preached is the engine God uses to effect repentance. It is compared to a hammer and to a fire (Jer. 23:29), the one to break, the other to melt the heart” (Watson, in Hughes, Expository Preaching With Word Pictures, p. 252).
My new goal is to think inside the box, which is increasingly hard these days. At the same time,because so many people are trying to think outside the box, I get a lot of time to myself. On top of that, I begin to suspect that those who have decided to think outside the box are simply in transition between boxes. They have only just arrived at their new box, and are still unpacking, living out of boxes. So to speak.
Then there are those who can’t find their box.
I wonder how it is possible for a species to be as gregarious as we are, and yet have so many individuals who have no idea that their latest triumph of individuality is actually a sterling display of classic herd behavior. This is why people get outlaw tattoos, and their behavior is about as outlaw as buying all the corporate logoed apparel that Harley Davidson has, and then driving their bike to Sturgis for that great motorcycle rally.
“When we are advocates in a bad cause, pleading for any impious, unjustifiable act; when we baptize sin with the name of religion, and with our oratory wash the devil’s face, this is to be servants of men” (Thomas Watson, as quoted in Hughes, Expository Preaching With Word Pictures, p. 213).