“If parsons fiddle, why may’nt laymen dance?”
“If I had my choice of all the blessings I can conceive of, I would chose perfect conformity to the Lord Jesus, or, in a word, holiness.”
Quoted in Warren Wiersbe, Be Holy (Wheaton: Victor, 1979), p 10.
“The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.”
Alister McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief
in the Modern World (
John Newton on the making of a Minister
“None but he who made the world can make a minister of the Gospel. If a young man has capacity, culture and application may make him a scholar, a philosopher, or an orator; but a true Minister must have certain principles, motives, feelings, and aims, which no industry or endeavors of men can either acquire or communicate. They must be given from above, or they cannot be received.”
The Didache on Discipleship:
There are two paths, one of life and one of death, and the difference is great between the two paths.
- Didache 1:1 (the Didache is an early Christian document.
Though never considered to be the authoritative word of God,
it is one of the earliest writings produced by growing Christian community).
Spurgeon responding to why his belief in election did not move him to preach only to the elect:
“If you’ll go around and pull up their shirttails so I can see if they have an E stamped on their back, I will.”
- Taken from: John MacArthur, Nothing but the Truth:
Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
(Wheaton: Good News Publishers, 1999), pg. 151-152.
Tim Keller on the Resurrection:
Tim Keller, The Reason for God (Dutton Press, 2008), p 202.