Read the Word


“We have done almost everything that is possible with these Hebrew and Greek writings. We  have overlaid them, clause by clause, with exhaustive commentaries; we have translated them,  revised the translations, and quarreled over the revisions.… There is yet one thing left to do  with the Bible: simply to read it.”

Richard G. Moulton, A Short Introduction to the Literature of the Bible (Boston: D.C. Heath, 1901)

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The Brilliance of the Gospel: an excerpt from Everyday Apologetics, by Travis Dickinson


Before we move on, I must confess that even thought I have been thinking about these truths for decades, I still find myself in awe. I’m a philosopher trained at a high level of analytic philosophy. I have read many of the greatest minds who have ever lived, and in my opinion , there ‘s nothing quite like the Gospel. I still find my self hearing this afresh and am forced to pause in wonder at the beauty and brilliance of the Gospel. I find it simply the most amazing and breathtaking series of thoughts, ever offered.

Travis Dickinson, Everyday Apologetics

Kreeft on Resurrection


Because of resurrection, when all our tears are over, we will, incredibly, look back at them and laugh, not in derision but in joy. We do a little of that even now, you know. After a great worry is lifted, a great problem solved, a great sickness healed, a great pain relieved, it all looks very different as past, to the eyes of retrospection, than it looked as future, as prospect, or as present, as experience. Remember St. Teresa’s bold saying that from heaven the most miserable earthly life will look like one bad night in an inconvenient hotel!

Peter Kreeft

Torah


“Torah is not merely a collection of prohibitions, rigid strictures and boring observances. Rather, it is a narrative of the blessings and promises of God initially offered to one person and family, but through which the whole world will ultimately be blessed.” Walter C. Kaiser JR.

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Responsibilty or Irresponsability


” the kind of freedom implied by the thought that we humans completely determine our reality leaves us with a gnawing sense of the relative insignificance of our choices. I think it leads not to total responsibility but to careless irresponsibility, both with regard
to ourselves and with regard to other humans, not to mention to the world. And, paradoxically, it leads not to a deeper sense of [communal or individual] identity and dignity but to a disheartening lack of it.”
Excerpt from: Esther Lightcap Meek, Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People
(Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2003).

Psalm 31 (NASB)


In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness deliver me.
 Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be to me a rock of strength,
A stronghold to save me.
 For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
 You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
 Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

 I hate those who regard vain idols,
But I trust in the Lord.
 I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul,
 And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a large place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.
 For my life is spent with sorrow
And my years with sighing;
My strength has failed because of my iniquity,
And my body has wasted away.
 Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach,
Especially to my neighbors,
And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me in the street flee from me.
 I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
 For I have heard the slander of many,
Terror is on every side;
While they took counsel together against me,
They schemed to take away my life.

 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
 Make Your face to shine upon Your servant;
Save me in Your lovingkindness.
 Let me not be put to shame, O Lord, for I call upon You;
Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.
 Let the lying lips be mute,
Which speak arrogantly against the righteous
With pride and contempt.

 How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!
 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man;
You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
 Blessed be the Lord,
For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
 As for me, I said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You.

O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!
The Lord preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.

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