This statement from Mark Dever’s T4G message is on-target:
“Pragmatism is more of a danger to evangelical Christians than Open Theism will ever be.”
This is a summary of a statement by Lig Duncan from his T4G message and may not be an exact quote. Duncan suggests that the claim of many that they are stepping away from doctrinal questions is really untrue and impossible:
“Everyone is theological and everyone does Systematic Theology. The question is whether they will do it poorly or well.”
Good thoughts from John MacArthur’s T4G message (again, they may be paraphrases rather than exact quotations):
“Soft preaching makes hard people. Hard preaching makes soft people.”
“Paul said, ‘I become all things to all men.’ But his message did not.”
“Never offer Jesus as the One willing to fulfill the sinner’s natural desires. Assault his sinful desires; don’t pander to them.”
John Piper on the chief blessing of our salvation:
“The best gift of the gospel is not the forgiveness of sins. The best gift of the gospel is not the imputed righteousness of Christ. The best gift of the gospel is not eternal life. The best gift of the gospel is seeing and savoring the supremacy of Christ himself. The greatest reward of the cross is knowing the supremacy of Christ.” (Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, 43; this is the gist of another helpful book by Piper, God Is the Gospel.)
Note: I’ve thought of this principle in theological terms, as well: justification is not an end in itself, but is rather the means toward the even greater blessing of reconciliation. What a rich thought!
This counsel for writers from C. S. Lewis is infinitely useful. Well, it’s very useful, anyway.
William Booth gives some sound advice regarding the danger of pushing our daughters aggressively toward marriage and motherhood; it’s a message Christian parents need to consider:
“Don’t instill, or allow anybody else to instill into the hearts of your girls the idea that marriage is the chief end of life. If you do, don’t be surprised if they get engaged to the first empty, useless fool they come across.” (quoted by Joshua Harris in I Kissed Dating Goodbye, p. 84)
Note: Reading this book has been bitter and sweet. It’s a must-read for all parents, especially parents of young children. I just wish I or my parents had read it sooner. I hope to post more on it later. Read it.
I can’t remember who made this comment to me, but it rings true:
“Pacifying discontent or angry people is less like disarming a bomb and more like lengthening a fuze.”
I’ll end with one that’s a bit rough, but very funny:
“Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.” (The “Tradition” De-motivator)
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