Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Favorite Quotes from My Vacation to the U.S.

Sam Storms at the Desiring God 2009 National Conference quoting a letter John Calvin wrote to the wife of one of the Reformation leaders in France who was experiencing physical illness . . .

"They [our physical afflictions] should serve us as medicine to purge us from worldly affections and remove what is superfluous in us. And since they are to us the messengers of death, we ought to learn to have one foot raised to take our departure when it shall please God."

One of our relatives from Louisiana describing how his trees looked after Hurricane Katrina went through his neighborhood . . .

Snarky.”

Julius Kim at the Desiring God 2009 National Conference . . .

"The worship of the church has become a feel-good experience rather than the meeting of the holy God of the universe. Exciting music has become the new sacrament mediating the presence of God and his grace."

My wife Nancy’s Aunt Sis describing someone she knew who could not sit still . . .

“You couldn’t play checkers on his shirt tale.”

Doug Wilson at the Desiring God 2009 National Conference . . .

"In his preachers Christ is discharging his office. What should we expect when we come to hear the word of God proclaimed? That we would hear his own words and, in a sense, see God himself speaking to us. That is the purpose and intention of preaching, not to compete with Scripture, but to be the platform from which God's word in Scripture is proclaimed. This is why pulpit ministry has to be grounded in the Scriptures, in exposition. The minister should not deviate from what is assigned him. One of the things my father taught me about preaching was, "When you run out of things to say, go on to the next verse."

. . . The preacher is to preach what was written before he ever existed, as a herald and as an ambassador, and not to point to himself in any way. A minister is not up there to develop a relationship with everybody individually. He is there to declare something that is outside of his control. He's not there to preach himself but Christ."

A conversation between myself and my wife sitting behind me in a van while we are driving . . .

Question (Leland): “Do you want to use Jennifer’s cell-phone?”

Answer (Nancy): “I don’t know where to put my knees!!!”

2 comments:

  1. The last one especially still cracks me up! I also liked when we were watching the Vikings game and grandma remarked that, "Boy, that Favre thinks he's top stuff!" and she pronounced it "Fahv-ray". Good times!

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  2. Sue St. ChristopherOctober 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    "They [our physical afflictions] should serve us as medicine to purge us from worldly affections and remove what is superfluous in us. And since they are to us the messengers of death, we ought to learn to have one foot raised to take our departure when it shall please God."

    I love this picture as it seems to put my "walk" with God into greater perspective. One foot forward into seeking His Kingdom and righteousness while we await His return - knowing our next step might be into His presence.
    Thanks Leland,
    Sue

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