...we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.
We were good boys, good Presbyterian boys, and loyal and all that; anyway, we were good Presbyterian boys when the weather was doubtful; when it was fair, we did wander a little from the fold.
According to Christian belief, man exists for the sake of God; according to the liberal church, in practice if not in theory, God exists for the sake of man.
They lose nothing who gain Christ.
Suppose that by revenge you might destroy one enemy; yet, by exercising the Christian's temper you might conquer three–your own lust, Satan's temptation, and your enemy's heart.
Jesus may ask of you far more than you planned to give, but He can give to you infinitely more than you dared ask or think.
We have to determine our theology from the Word of God, not from what we feel.
Jesus says, "I want you to follow me so fully, so intensely, so enduringly that all other attachments in your life look weak by comparison"
Sin and grace, absence and presence, tragedy and comedy, they divide the world between them and where they meet head on, the Gospel happens.
We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.
Sometimes we emulate the Pharisees more than we imitate Christ.
What a mercy was it to us to have parents that prayed for us before they had us, as well as in our infancy when we could not pray for ourselves!
In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.
I went to a Presbyterian college, you know, I was in... all the way, and so I remember doing my first sermon when I was 17, I was in high school. It wasn't a full twenty-five minute sermon, but for like ten minutes I got up and they let me do that, and it was on faith.
That is a simple rule, and easy to remember. When I, a thoughtful and unblessed Presbyterian, examine the Koran, I know that beyond any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but in religious matters.
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
Taking all vegetable-eating nations together . . . they are a larger and much better formed race than the flesh eaters.
As God did not at first choose you because you were high, He will not now forsake you because you are low.
If you truly have it, you never lose it; and if you lose it, you never truly had it.
PRESBYTERIAN, n. One who holds the conviction that the government authorities of the Church should be called presbyters.
I think of my body as a temple. Or at least a relatively well-managed Presbyterian youth center.
The question is not, "Why is there only one way to God?" but "Why is there even one way?"
Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy.
The world can’t save itself. That’s the message of Christmas.
God is not going to negotiate His holiness... in order to accommodate us.
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