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Some think that Christ died, and yet, that some for whom he died will be lost. I never could understand that doctrine. If Jesus, my surety, bore my griefs and carried my sorrows, I believe myself to be as secure as the angels in heaven.

God cannot ask payment twice.

– Charles Spurgeon

Spurgeon on Limited Atonement

he saw evidence of the ‘vices of German youth: they make a guillotine out of any principle they hardly understand, and chop off heads with it indiscriminately.’

I wish I would have heard this in college, and it would probably be wise to heed it now.

– Eberhard Busch, Karl Barth: His life from letters and autobiographical texts, trans. John Bowden (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975), 203.

Guillotine Out of Any Principle

The main thing is not scholarship, nor learning, nor criticism, but to love the Lord Jesus. We need a living relationship with God, and we must ask the Lord for that.”

One of the last remarks Karl Barth made when he heard that his father had died.

– Eberhard Busch, Karl Barth: His life from letters and autobiographical texts, trans. John Bowden (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975), 68.

Love for the Lord Jesus

A passionate tumultuous age will overthrow everything, pull everything down; but a revolutionary age that is at the same time reflective and passionless leaves everything standing but cunningly empties it of significance.

– Kierkegaard

Emptied of Significance

Yet when I find the singing itself more moving than the truth which it conveys, I confess that this is a grievous sin, and at those times I would prefer not to hear the singer.

Augustine

Singing and Truth

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Chapter 1

The Mass of Men Lead Lives of Quiet Desperation