“Those who look to the means alone, stopping there, are superstitious and blind. They think Jesus is the bread and wine. They think salvation is the sinner’s prayer. They think God dwells in houses made with human hands.”
As most of you well know, I do want to do whatever I can to encourage resistance to this overweening tyranny we all find ourselves dealing with. You know what the last year and a half ...
“At the same time, although the faith can thrive in times of persecution, we are not to pray for persecution. We are instructed to pray for quiet and peaceable lives (1 Tim. 2:2). A Christian should be able to be content whether he is out in the cold, or inside by the fire (Phil. 4:12). But even so, everything else being equal, the apostle Paul knew enough to come in out of the rain. We know which way to go, which way to pray, which direction to set our sights as we work.”
“There is truth in the belief that much of the best thinking and preaching of the land is done in obscure parishes and by unfamous preachers . . . To set one’s heart on being popular is fatal to the preacher’s best growth. To escape from that desire one needs to know that the men who are in no sense popular favorites do much of the very best work of the ministry.”
Phillips Brooks, The Joy of Preaching, pp. 156-157
“Would you rather work hard for seven unblessed days, or work hard for six blessed days? Would you rather try to live on 100% of an unblessed income or on 90% of a blessed income? Would you rather have smaller barns blessed or larger barns unblessed (Lk. 12:20)?”
“If the point of the world is for humanity to grow up into the perfect man, then the point of every part of the world is to grow up into its portion of that perfect man . . . the task of the church here on the Palouse is therefore birth and growth.”
Grace Agenda Main Conference Talks: Find them all on the ChristKirk app. New Reformed Basics: Chestertonian Calvinism: CRF Guys Having Fun: Open Road, at Least on the Ground: And, as per our usual custom, more can be found here. Jokes I Like to Tell: Once there were two men who were good friends, although it …