“News may come that truth is sick, but never that it is dead.
“They who strive to build up firm faith in Scripture through disputation are doing things backwards…
“The Puritans insisted that the ultimate effectiveness of preaching is out of man’s hands. Man’s task is simply to be faithful in teaching the Word; it is God’s work to convince of its truth and write it in the heart.
From chapter 12 of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables: “Just as there are bigwigs elsewhere, there are big mitres in the Church.
An extract from J. I. Packer’s superlative Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God: “We need to bring under review all our evangelistic plans and practices–our missions, rallies, and campaigns; our sermons, talks, and testimonies
Should we always try to write – or edit our writing – with the aim of making everything understandable by everyone?
“It becomes the disciples of the Saviour to guard well the door of admission into their fraternity. Upon their fidelity, in this respect, depend its efficiency, prosperity, and safety.
“Consider the infinite condescension and love of Christ, in his invitation to you to come to him for life, deliverance, mercy, grace, peace, and eternal salvation.
“The gospel is integrally tied to the Bible’s story-line. Indeed, it is incomprehensible without understanding that story-line. God is the sovereign, transcendent and personal God who has made the universe, including us, his image-bearers. Our misery lies in our rebellion, our alienation from God, which, despite his forbearance, attracts his implacable wrath.
My song is love unknown, My Saviour’s love to me; Love to the loveless shown, That they might lovely be.