- Wearing a wedding dress to a battlefield—the summary of American Christendom.
- A new world with the same sins following.
- “New soil! Any need of that old Vine?”
- Christendom: trying new hats, headless. The Church: never apart from Christ, not for a moment.
- Being penetrated versus comprehending. Truth versus the lie. Revelation versus Gnosticism. Humility versus hubris. Victory versus vanity. Rest versus “rage, rage.”
- All things for Christ or some things for Christendom. Absolute conflict.
A few lines from J. Gresham Machen’s 1933 radio address titled “A Christian View of Missions”:
If Christianity ever settles down to be the religion merely of one nation or of one group of nations, it will have become entirely untrue to the tradition which was established for it at the beginning.
One thing is perfectly clear—no missionary work that consists merely in presenting to the people in foreign lands a thing that has proved to be mildly valuable in the experience of the missionary himself, which he thinks may perhaps prove helpful in foreign lands in building up a better life upon this earth, can possibly be regarded as real Christian missions. At the very heart of the real Christian missionary message is the conviction that every individual hearer to whom the missionary goes is in deadly peril, and that unless the message is heeded he is without hope in this world and in the dreadful world that is to come.
- Bitterness of soul arises from words, seeming too sharp for speech, that ferment in the mute dark. Would speech be the uncorking that releases thoughts to the open air and sweetens their effect? What if they are indeed poison—a cure for the speaker to pour yet new bitterness for the hearer to drink? Is there no one who can drink this cup to the dregs and still live?
- In “getting things off the chest,” one lays burdens on others. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ teaches that one must not seek healing at the expense of another, for one already has healing at the expense of this man who endured all burdens beyond death. Has he been crucified in vain? Has he overcome death without effect? One must confess without oppressing—that is, confess to this Wonderful Counselor who can bear and has already borne all burdens.
- Bitterness of soul arises in the absence of confession. The Father unwounded hears and in the wounding of his Son heals.
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
—Jesus, Matthew 13.22 (English Standard Version)
Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
—James 2.6-7 (ESV)
But the rich man—not to make any invidious comparison—is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.
—Henry David Thoreau, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience”
For the one principle of hell is—“I am my own. I am my own king and my own subject. I am the centre from which go out my thoughts; I am the object and end of my thoughts; back upon me as the alpha and omega of life, my thoughts return.”
—George MacDonald, “Kingship”
Nos . . . ista quæ fecisti videmus, quia sunt, tu autem quia vides ea, sunt.
We see the things that you have made because they are. You, however—because you see them, they are.
—Augustine, Confessions XIII.xxxviii
. . . insaniebam salubriter et moriebar vitaliter, gnarus quid mali essem, et ignarus quid boni post paululum futurus essem.
I was insane for the sake of health and was dying for the sake of life, knowing what evil I was and not knowing what good I might become after a little while.
—Augustine, Confessiones VIII.viii