Powerful preaching penetrates more than the surface of the mind; it does more than merely present teaching; it is capable of causing a moral and emotional earthquake--'not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction' (1 Thess. 1:4).
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
There is nothing greater in the life of the church than to see men and women, temperamentally and constitutionally weak and fragile, enabled to endure what would make strong men quake: able to be patient in affliction, content whatever their circumstances, and making melody in their hearts always and in all things (Ephesians 5:20). That is the acme of Christian achievement and one of the most moving accomplishments of omnipotence.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could take his life on it a thousand times.
Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true.
Apostasy is the total and complete denial of the Christian faith. Heresy is more like the wolf in sheep's clothing. It nearly always is a distortion of the revelatory witness, maintaining an appearance of the truth while undercutting its meaning. Heresy distorts, re-interprets to the point of contradiction, or over-emphasizes one aspect of the mosaic to the point of reducing the faith to one dimension of it. Heresy is a caricature of the revealed faith.
All heretical dogmas are partial truths -- true in what they assert, false in what they deny or ignore.
The Bible is God's syllabus for the human race; it is his educational agenda for us.
The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man – and the dogma is the drama. That drama is summarized quite clearly in the creeds of the Church, and if we think it dull it is because either we have never really read those amazing documents or have recited them so often and so mechanically as to have lost all sense of their meaning. The plot pivots upon a single character, and the whole action is the answer to a single problem: What think ye of Christ?