Sunday, December 23, 2012

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
- Robert Jackson

Saturday, December 8, 2012

God does not call ministers to glorious triumph. He calls them to die.
-Brian Borgman on 2 Cor 2:14

Friday, November 23, 2012

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
- George Eliot

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[On the wonder of adoption] After all, judges regularly declare a person "not guilty" without adding, "From now on, I regard you as my son and heir."
-Derek Thomas

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
- Laurence J. Peter

Monday, October 8, 2012

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.
- George Burns

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
- Joseph Conrad

Saturday, September 8, 2012

There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
- Dick Cavett

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
- Jack Benny

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and I exclude myself from the community of sinners.

- Miroslav Volf

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers

Monday, July 30, 2012

The more that you know that you are stained to the bone with selfish impulses, the more that you see how you hold out against the will of the Lord, the more you go to Christ as a thirsty sinner who finds deeper cleansing, more life and greater joy through the Spirit."

- Jack Miller

Monday, July 23, 2012

Passing on the good news is simply a matter of one beggar telling another where to find bread.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Unable to preach Christ and him crucified, we preach humanity and it improved.

- Will Willimon

Sunday, July 8, 2012

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
- Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Apart from Christ, the Bible is a closed book. Read with him at the center, it is the greatest story ever told.

- Michael Horton

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
- Robert Frost

Friday, June 15, 2012

Preach Christ, always and everywhere. He is the whole gospel. His person, offices and work must be our one great, all-comprehending theme.

- Charles Spurgeon

Friday, June 8, 2012

If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
- Dick Cavett

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The hellishness of hell is not the absence of God. It is the presence of God without a mediator.

-Ken Jones

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jesus' coming back from death is final proof that Christ's death accomplished our salvation. It brings an end to doubts and evasions and arguments. No one can argue with someone who came back from the dead. If Jesus is alive, he wins the argument.

- Darrin Patrick

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.
- Jean Giraudoux

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You took on you what was mine; you set on me what was yours. You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.

- Martin Luther

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, April 30, 2012

A typical question regarding atonement is, why did Jesus have to die in order to save us? Why couldn't God simply forgive us? After all, doesn't God command us to forgive one another without demanding payment?

But think about a time you or someone you loved was seriously wronged. Were you or the person close to you able to just shrug off the offense or dismiss the wrong without suffering? Of course not! When truly offended, there are two choices. You can either exact revenge and make the one who has wronged you pay, or you can forgive him or her by absorbing the pain of the hurt yourself. On the one hand, you can cause pain to set yourself free; on the other, you can receive the pain of forgiveness and set the other free.

If you think forgiveness is not painful, you have never forgiven someone who hurt you deeply. Whether through revenge or forgiveness, someone always pays for injustice.

- Darrin Patrick

Monday, April 23, 2012

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Sunday, April 15, 2012

For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be.

John Stott

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people.
- James Russell Lowell

Friday, March 30, 2012

So the gospel is news about what God has done in history to save us, rather than advice about what we must do to reach God. The gospel is news that Jesus' life, death and resurrection in history have achieved our salvation. We do not achieve it, only accept it. Jesus does not just bring good news; he is the good news.

- Tim Keller

Friday, March 23, 2012

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
- Leo Rosten

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The gospel, then, is fundamentally an announcement: it is not just about who God is or what he might do, but about what God has done in history. The gospel is not good advice on how to reach up to God; rather, it is a declaration about what God has already done to reach down to us. It is good news about a historical event that changes everything!

- Darrin Patrick

Thursday, March 8, 2012

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.
- Robert X. Cringely

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The great difficulty is to get modern audiences to realize that you are preaching Christianity solely and simply because you happen to think it is true; they always suppose you are preaching it because you like it or think it good for society or something of that sort.

- C.S. Lewis

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people.
- Peter McArthur

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

There is something about dealing with the enormity of people's sin that necessitates staying very, very close to God.

- Darrin Patrick

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Life is a long lesson in humility.
- James M. Barrie

Friday, February 3, 2012

But with the knowledge that we will stand in judgment before God Almighty, we are wise to remember that a pastor must always be fearless before his critics and fearful before his God. Let us tremble at the thought of neglecting the sheep.

- Darrin Patrick

Monday, January 30, 2012

On the need for pastoring:

"Since Christ offered his infinitely valuable life for these sheep, it is a great sin against him when we watch over them with a lazy eye or fail to fight the ravenous wolves or neglect to seek out sheep that have wandered away! What Christ values, we must value."

-Darrin Patrick

Monday, January 23, 2012

This should greatly humble us for all our sins, that they have been committed under the eye of God, which argues either a disbelief of his omniscience or a contempt of his justice.
- Matthew Henry on Ps 51:4

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Your first calling is not to be a pastor but to be a Christian.

- Darrin Patrick, Church Planter (just finished this book, so I'll be listing some of his good quotes here. Good read with some very good points to be made.)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
-Robert Frost

Saturday, January 7, 2012

For those considering a call to ministry:
"Ask yourself again and again whether you would preach for Christ if you were sure to lay down your life for so doing? If you fear the displeasure of a man for doing your duty now, assure yourselves you are not yet thus minded."
- George Whitefield

Monday, January 2, 2012

One more (big) reason to plant churches

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matt 22:36-40

How do we live these out? That's a question with a whole bunch of answers, but the more I think about it, the more I think there is one profound way to live these commandments out at the same time:

Planting churches.

How do we love our God? A right relationship between the creator and the creature is one of worship. To say it simply, God deserves to be worshipped and it's just right that we should give that worship.

How do we love our neighbors? We build them up and encourage them in that right relationship with God. To the Christian and non-Christian alike, we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and point them along the path of their salvation.

What accomplishes both these things? Church planting.

Church planting establishes the worship God commands and deserves. Church planting is the most effective and dynamic spread of the gospel, gathering Christians into our Lord's great commission and calling the non-Christian to the hope and glory of the gospel.

Want to love your God? Want to love your neighbor? Then let's go get some churches planted.