Good and Angry

September 18, 2017

Chapter 15, page 191

Major sins are only minor sins grown up. 

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City on a Hill

September 14, 2017

Chapter 1, page 23

What we should do instead is live in the present, learn from the past, and anticipate the future, while always looking to the Bible. 

Quote

September 14, 2017

“Busyness in the King’s business is no excuse for neglecting the King” Bruce Wilkerson

Good and Angry

September 14, 2017

Chapter 14, page 179

Jesus is not just a pointer, like Solzhenitsyn or Martin Luther King Jr. He is the one to Whom the pointers point. His story shows incalculable wrong becoming transmuted into unfathomable good. 

Good and Angry

September 14, 2017

Chapter 14, page 178

We must learn to live honestly in the face of evils that don’t necessarily go away. You must learn to honestly face down your own evil in the light of bigger mercies: “I am selfish and sinful man, but God put his hands on me, that is all.”

Good and Angry

September 14, 2017

Chapter 14, page 177

The more insoluble and heartbreaking a problem, the smaller the action that is called for in any particular moment. 

City on a Hill

September 12, 2017

Chapter 1, page 20

“The most powerful nation in the history of the world will undergo a long, slow, demoralizing decline before finally collapsing under the weight of its own decadence. And as our civilization continues to decline, the church will have unprecedented opportunities to show the world what a difference it makes to be a Christian.”–Philip Graham Ryken

Never Forget

September 11, 2017

It is not hyperbolic to say 9/11/01 was the day that shattered the innocence of entire generations. I know it shattered mine. Indeed, I still mark the events of my childhood by whether they happened before or after that terrible day.
I was barely an adult at the time — old enough to begin to grasp the tragedy of it all, but not old enough to have ever before grappled with the type of horror that accompanied it. Death, evil, and heroism were still largely abstractions in my mind on the night of September 10th; by the evening of the 11th, the true weight of their reality had changed me forever.
What can prepare you to watch your fellow Image-Bearers leap to their deaths from the inferno of a blazing skyscraper?
What can prepare you to try and imagine the thoughts that ran through the hearts of your fellow Image-Bearers riding in those doomed planes?
What can prepare you to try grasp the evil that would drive other Image-Bearers to carry out a mission of such profound and painful malice?
And what can prepare you for the gut-wrenching beauty of watching your fellow Image-Bearers relinquish their holds on life and run back into that blazing skyscraper, back into a smoking Pentagon, and forward to the cockpit of Flight 93?
Nothing can prepare you. This is why I remember 9/11.

Good and Angry

September 6, 2017

Chapter 14, page 174

But God gets good and angry (ff vs).

Good and Angry

September 5, 2017

Chapter 13, page 167

Angry people always talk to the wrong person. (ff) But, chaotic, sinful, headstrong anger starts to dissolve when you begin to talk to the right person–to your Good Shepherd, who sees, hears, and is mercifully involved in your life.