Classic and contemporary excerpts.
Righteousness Exalts A Nation
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
—Thomas Jefferson in Notes on Virginia; Manners
Getting Beyond Discussion
Let us cease arguing about the existence of demons and concern ourselves with what the demons are actually doing.
—Donald Bloesch in Theological
Notebook (Vol. 1)
The Word That Enriches
Abraham Lincoln did not have the education to read the King James Bible when he started doing so, and its language wasn’t the language he and his neighbors used. But he pushed in a direction opposite from the one we are tempted to take today: he got his education from the Authorized Version. None of us is educated enough to read and understand the Bible. What a presumption it is to think that we are, or that we should bring its language any more than its ideas (if they could be separated) down to our educational level!… [B]ecause Abraham Lincoln did not have [a] Bible paraphrase, we have “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right …”
—Kent Gramm in The Christian
Century (Mar. 23–30, 1988)
We Need Good Sight To Avoid Being Fall Guys
Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for, because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.
—Peter Marshall in Mr. Jones, Meet the Master
God if He be good, is not the author of all things, but of a few things only, and not of most things that occur to a man.
—Plato in The Republic
Freedom Gone Wrong
Self-fulfillment soon grows into a quest for self-indulgence with a vocabulary of I, Me, Mine and self-indulgence, in turn, soon becomes unbridled. The self-indulgent pursuit of pleasure embraces tolerance ...1
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