And I Quote… October 10

It is sometimes supposed that wrath denotes absence of love, or is the opposite of love. But the opposite of love is not wrath, but indifference, as most parents know well. The more one loves a child, the more one may show anger at the child’s attempt at what would bring self-destruction. Anthony Thiselton, The…

And I Quote… September 19

Some time ago, the concept of the “carnal Christian” became popular among some evangelical groups. The basic idea was that someone could be saved, and yet living no differently than an unbeliever day after day. In their lives there would be no hunger and thirst for righteousness, no patterns of obedience, little or no prayer…

And I Quote… September 5

And-I-QuoteSatan’s counterfeiting depends on God in his original character. Satan’s counterfeits can be attractive only because God is the original attraction. And idolaters underneath the surface still rely on God, the true God. That is one of the paradoxes and frustrations of idolatry.

Vern Poythress, Inerrancy and Worldview, (Crossway, 2012), 197

And I Quote… August 22

Humility has nothing to do with depreciating ourselves and our gifts in ways we know to be untrue. Even “humble” attitudes can be masks of pride. Humility is that freedom from our self which enables us to be in positions in which we have neither recognition nor importance, neither power nor visibility, and even experience…

And I Quote… August 15

And-I-QuoteTo be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.

Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes, (Revell, 1998), 145

And I Quote… August 1

Once the gospel starts being presented primarily as that which brings such-and-such benefits, be they freedom from alcohol abuse or just emotional highs every once in a while, the distinctive particularity of Christianity is lost. Islam too gives people self-respect, cleans up neighbourhoods, gives a sense of purpose; self-help programs have brought many back from…