Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Who Said This?

Without using Google to search the answer, who do you think said this?

“Prayer without study would be empty. Study without prayer would be blind.”


Beale’s NT Theology

Some thoughts on Marriage, G. K. Beale writing on the blessings in the pre-fall state (A New Testament Biblical Theology, Baker 2011, 41) :

The marriage relationship of Adam and Eve and all of their progeny appears to have been established as a kind of shadow to point to the consummated end-time relationship of God and his bridal people. That is, human marriage originally was designed even before the fall to be transcended by God’s relationship with his people (this seems to suggest that human marriage will no longer have the purpose of procreation, nor, presumably, will it include a sexual relationship, which appears to be the implication of Matt. 22:30).


I love the smell of new books; they look good and feel good. Anyway, one of the newest book that got through the mail is Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick (Crossway 2011). The title alone is telltale of gospel-saturated-raising-kids teaching. Even though I have adult children now, I still need to go back to showing grace to them. And this book helps.

“Lie to Your Child to Make Him Good

So much of what we’re advised to do as parents is so that our kids will feel good about themselves. This advice has roots in the self-esteem movement, which claimed that a child’s success in life is based on whether or not he feels that he is good. Although the modern self-esteem movement began in the 1950s and 1960s, this was no novel lie. It has been around for thousands of years. It’s the same deception that Eve believed in the beginning. Yum, she thought; this fruit looks good and it will make me good. I think we’ll have it for dinner tonight. Since the fall of the human race, we’ve been alternately telling ourselves that we are good, that if we try hard enough we’ll be good enough, or that being good is an impossibility so we should just give up and have fun. After all, nobody’s perfect!” (p. 42)


“Since those who stood in the mainstream of North American evangelicalism were convinced that it is the knowledge of what God has revealed that grounds, shapes, and gives meaning to Christian existence, they insisted that both the nature and the quality of this existence are invariably compromised when either the substance or the significance of this truth is undermined or abandoned…. In the process, we turn away from God to a form of spiritual narcissism that is characterized more by human striving than it is by humble receiving….”

Paul Kjoss Helseth, “Right Reason” and the Princeton Mind, 214.


There is a reason for the loss of  joy in a Christian and that comes from a discontented heart.

“John Calvin nailed it when he said, ‘Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.’ In the original context, Calvin was referring to man’s constant desire to make an image for God, but his point is applicable nonetheless. Our hearts are raging idol factories, constantly crafting new idols for us to worship. These aren’t golden, tribal native, ‘please send the rain, here’s a bloody goat’ idols. The idols we manufacture are more subtle and dangerous.”

“I am my worst enemy” by Stephen Altrogge in The Greener Grass Conspiracy, 17-8.


“The gospel is what we must believe in order to be saved. To believe the gospel is to put one’s trust and confidence in the person and work of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. To preach the gospel is faithfully to proclaim that historical event, along with the God-given interpretation of that event. It cannot be stressed too much that to confuse the gospel with certain important things that go hand in hand with it is to invite theological, hermeneutical and spiritual confusion…. Thus Christians cannot ‘live the gospel’, as they are often exhorted to do. They can only believe it, proclaim it and seek to live consistently with it. Only Jesus lived (and died) the gospel. It is a once-for-all finished and perfect event done for us by another.”

Graeme Goldsworthy in Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, 19.