Standing on their shoulders

Edifying Words

D. A. Carson (1946 – )


“If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.”

– “A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers”


A. W. Pink (1865 – 1952)


“So long as we are occupied with any other object than God Himself, there will be neither rest for the heart nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand, then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings–whether in a hovel or prison-dungeon, or at a martyr’s stake–we shall be enabled to say, ” The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places” (Ps. 16:6). But that is the language of faith, not of sight nor of sense.”

Francis J. Grimke (1852 – 1937)


“When it comes to a question as between the Word of God and the State, the only safe, the only right thing to do is to take our stand with the Word of God.”
– ‘The Works of Francis J. Grimke’
Associated Publishers (1942)
Edited by Carter Godwin

“I place my hope not on government, not on political parties, but on faith in the power of the religion of Jesus Christ to conquer all prejudices, to break down all walls of separation, and to weld together men of all races in one great brotherhood”.
– ‘African American Religious Thought: An Anthology’ – Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. (2003)

Dr. James Willingham

“In 1973 in my first pastorate I had come to the conclusion that the Sovereign Grace view (which some have called Augustinian and/or Calvinistic) of biblical texts was the most accurate of the various approaches to Scripture. The reason was simple; that understanding was based on the meaning of the words, not an imposed idea. The view had been preached among Southern Baptists from their beginnings. Indeed, it was the founding theology of the oldest churches and associations which would constitute the Convention. The election of the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention, William B. Johnson, was reflective of that fact. With the passage of time that doctrinal understanding had faded. Some still held to the original views. My country pastor, Rev. George Washington Gray, informed me that such were the beliefs that he had preached in my childhood. Some of the most responsible of people in history have been believers in Sovereign Grace. They were the main instigators, participants, and sustainers of the First and Second Great Awakenings and of the launching of the Great Century of Missions. And, when our New Calvinists, as Time Magazine called them in 2009, finally began to get a handle on the how of their theology (as well as the what) and began to really pray, we might well see the Third Great Awakening, the one in which the whole earth is converted along with every soul for a thousand generations and, perhaps, those on a million billion planets. Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”

– From “Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage”

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Michael Horton (1964 – )


“Sanctification is not just getting used to your sanctification, but to your election, regeneration, adoption, suffering, and the hope of glory. Sanctification is a lifetime of getting used to God as a Father rather than a Judge, the law as a friend rather than an enemy, the new creation as a reality that makes us uncomfortable in this passing evil age, the Spirit as the indwelling presence of God that not only comforts and assures us but keeps us longing for the “more” up ahead.  Those who are united to Christ himself will become increasingly restless until they share in the glory of their Risen King.”

John Flavel (1627 – 1691)


“The whole world is not a theater large enough to display the glory of Christ upon or unfold even half of the unsearchable riches that lie hidden in Him. And such is the deliciousness of this subject, Christ, that were there ten thousand volumes written upon it, they would never become tiring to the heart. We used to say that any one thing can finally tire us and this is true, except about this one eminent thing, Christ, and then one can never tire, for such is the variety of sweetness in Christ.”

G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)


“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”

“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”

“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”

“It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.”

“Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly, GK Chesterton”

R. C. Sproul (1939 – )


“Sin is cosmic treason. Every sin, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is an act of treason against the cosmic King. When God’s character is made clear to us and we are able to measure our actions not in relative terms with respect to other humans but in absolute terms with respect to God, His character, and His law, then we begin to be awakened to the egregious character of our rebellion. Not until we take God seriously will we ever take sin seriously. But if we acknowledge the righteous character of God, then we, like the saints of old, will cover our mouths with our hands and repent in dust and ashes before Him.”

– Tabletalk Magazine (May 1, 2008)

Steven J. Lawson (1951 – )


“All pulpits must passionately declare Christ to be the eternal Son of the living God, the only Savior of sinners. All preaching must boldly announce Him as the reigning Lord of heaven and earth. He must be fearlessly announced as the One before whom every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. All preaching must assert that this Jesus is the final Judge of every human life. To fulfill this sacred duty, every preacher must proclaim the full counsel of God. Every doctrine in Scripture must be delivered. Every truth must be taught. Every sin must be exposed. Every warning must be issued. And every promise must be offered. If God is to bless our preaching, the supreme majesty of Jesus Christ Himself must be expounded in our sermons. All the lines of our preaching must intersect at this highest pinnacle—Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

– “The Kind of Preaching God Blesses”

John Piper (1946 – )

9am Plenary Wed 20 October 2010 Photo: Micah Chiang

“God is not an employer looking for employees. He is an Eagle looking for people who will take refuge under his wings. He is looking for people who will leave father and mother and homeland or anything else that may hold them back from a life of love under the wings of Jesus.”