In the chapel, in Moby Dick, Fahter MAPPLE said: “And here, shipmates, is true and faithful repentance; not clamorous for pardon, but grateful for punishment. And how pleasing to God was this conduct in Jonah, is shown in the eventual deliverance of him from the sea and the whale. Shipmates, I do
Calvin on this point is instructive: Whatever title then men may hold, they are to be listened to only on the condition that they do not lead us away from obeying God. So we must examine all their traditions by the rule of the Word of God. We must obey princes and others who are in authority, but
Once I visited a new age bookstore. The owner said Christianity, Islam, Buddism, Sikhism, Agnosticism are all the same in substance because truth is relative--“what is true for you.” I could not get her to test her theory by standing in the road and chanting, "the truck is going hit
C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, writing, of course, as an elder devil to a younger devil,
"One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army
Isaac Watts penned a beautiful hymn based on the parable of the feast in Luke 14:
HOW SWEET AND AWFUL IS THE PLACE WITH CHRIST WITHIN THE DOORS,
WHILE EVERLASTING LOVE DISPLAYS THE CHOICEST OF HER STORES.
WHILE ALL OUR HEARTS AND ALL OUR SONGS JOIN TO ADMIRE THE FEAST,
EACH OF US CRY,
“A CHRISTIAN HOME”
O GIVE US HOMES BUILT FIRM UPON THE SAVIOR,
WHERE CHRIST IS HEAD AND COUNSELLOR AND GUIDE;
WHERE EVERY CHILD IS TAUGHT HIS LOVE AND FAVOR
AND GIVES HIS HEART TO CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED:
HOW SWEET TO KNOW THAT THOUGH HIS FOOTSTEPS WAVER
HIS FAITHFUL LORD IS WALKING BY HIS
BUT BEFORE THAT...
In 1992, when our own Govenor, Kirk Fordice stated unreservedly “America is a Christian nation” the response bordered on hysteria.
But before that -- Congress, declared 1983 to be the “Year of the Bible” — stating that the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique