Posts in QOTD
QOTD: Moltmann On Last Things In The Present

Eschatology means the doctrine of the Christian hope, which embraces both the object hoped for and also the hope inspired by it. From first to last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving, and therefore also revolutionizing and transforming the present. [1]

  1. Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology, trans. Margaret Kohl (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1993), 16.  ↩

QOTD: N.T. Wright On Our Sometimes Immature And Dangerous Responses To Evil

The culture of blaming everyone else (resulting in lawsuits, victim-exaltation and self-righteousness) and the culture of blaming oneself (resulting in depression and moral and social paralysis) are likewise immature and inadequate responses to the problem of evil as it presents itself.1

  1. N. T. Wright, Evil and the Justice of God (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2006), 12. ↩︎
QOTD: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Bible

In today’s climate, anyone who prizes reason and truth and makes use of them in the defense of the faith is apt to be dismissed as a modernist. Equally, anyone who uses imagination and stories is apt to be either praised or dismissed as postmodern, depending on the speaker’s view of postmodernism. But the fact is that the Bible itself is the grandest of grand stories, yet it prizes truth and reason without being modernist, and it prizes countless stories within its overall story without being postmodern either. In short, the Bible is both rational and experiential, propositional as well as relational, so that genuinely biblical arguments work in any age and with any person. Modernism and postmodernism, in contrast, both have assets as well as liabilities, and postmodernism was for a time the greater danger only because it was then the current danger. Christian persuasion, by contrast, aims to be neither modern nor postmodern but biblical and holistic, and therefore faithful.[1]

  1. Os Guinness, Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015), 34.  ↩

QOTD: Prayer and Perseverance

Schreiner’s words on prayer and perseverance help us balance the objective work of God and the need for our subjective striving when it comes to the economy of salvation. He writes:

One cannot reify salvation so that it becomes a rigid and static reality, impervious to the situations of life. For Paul salvation is worked out in the circumstances of life…

On the one hand, God has promised to sustain believers until the end so that their faith will not fail. On the other hand, believers are to persevere until the end, vigilantly maintaining their faith and ensuring that their hearts do not grow cold…. Paul often prays that God will fulfill his good promises and sustain believers until the end. In some ways prayer is the middle term between these two poles, for in prayer Paul acknowledges that endurance comes from God. At the same time he prays that God will intervene and affect human behavior, human actions. When Paul prays for his converts, both the work of God and the behavior of human beings is taken seriously. Yet it is obvious that God’s work is primary, fundamental and decisive, for prayer by definition is the acknowledgment that God can change human attitudes and actions.[1]

  1. Thomas R. Schreiner, Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology (Downers Grove, IL; Leicester, England: IVP Academic; Apollos, 2006), 294 emphasis added.  ↩

QOTD: The Kingdom of God

The kingdom of God, long awaited, has come in Christ (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 12:28). The gospel is the gospel of the kingdom (4:23; 9:35; 10:7); the Sermon on the Mount, the ethic of the kingdom (5:3, 10, 19, 20; 6:33); the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer of the kingdom (6:10); the parables, the mystery of the kingdom (13:11). The church has the keys of the kingdom (16:19). The kingdom of God has come. Christ the King has been raised to God’s right hand, where he has authority over all things (28:18).[1]

  1. John M. Frame, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P & R Publishing, 2013), 89.  ↩

Because THAT'S what matters...

The preacher in the pulpit proclaims the acts of salvation in the event of the Exodus: a whole people is redeemed out of slavery; a treacherous sea passage is negotiated miraculously; God saves his people — by grace! The pastor in the parish has the responsibility of insisting that the Exodus event continues to be a design for salvation to the person who does piecework in a factory, to the youth who pumps gasoline, to the woman in the daily negotiation with the demands of diapers and career, to the man trying to achieve poise between ambition in his profession and sensitivity to his wife and children at home. Pastoral work is a commitment to the everyday: it is an act of faith that the great truths of salvation are workable in the "ordinary universe."

Eugene H. Peterson, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980), 33.

QOTD: Calvin on Allegory

While I do not mirror Calvin's exact sentiments on allegory, I will acknowledge the dangers he hints at here, mainly, the speculative novelty of an allegorical reading that sometimes overshadows the natural reading of a text:

I am aware of the plausible nature of allegories, but when we reverently weigh the teachings of the Holy Spirit, those speculations which at first sight pleased us exceedingly, vanish from our view. I am not captivated by these enticements myself, and I wish all my hearers to be persuaded of this,—nothing can be better than a sober treatment of Scripture. We ought never to fetch from a distance subtle explanations, for the true sense will, as I have previously expressed it, flow naturally from a passage when it is weighed with maturer deliberation.[1]

  1. Calvin’s commentary on Daniel 10:5–6 in John Calvin and Thomas Myers, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Daniel, vol. 2 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010), 242.  ↩

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QOTD: Peter Singer's Song of Death

From the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, Peter Singer aknowledges that once we can abandon “those doctrines about the sanctity of human life,” abortion, on the moral ground of utility, makes killing other humans not only viable but humane.

I do not deny that if one accepts abortion on the grounds provided in Chapter 6, the case for killing other human beings, in certain circumstances, is strong. As I shall try to show in this chapter, however, this is not something to be regarded with horror, and the use of the Nazi analogy is utterly misleading. On the contrary, once we abandon those doctrines about the sanctity of human life that—as we saw in Chapter 4 —collapse as soon as they are questioned, it is the refusal to accept killing that, in some cases, is horrific.

Peter Sanger, Practical Ethics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 175.

QOTD: CSL on God's Presence

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labour is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.

C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (San Diego: Mariner Books, 2002), 75.

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QOTD: Spurgeon on Marriage and Sabbath

Marriage and the Sabbath are the two choice boons of primeval love that have come down to us from Paradise, the one to bless our outer and the other our inner life.[1]

  1. This sermon, “The Matchless Mystery,” may be read in its entirety here.  ↩