These lectures are great, especially because for October 2017 in my C.S. Lewis Fellows Program we rigorously scrutinized the origin, historicity, and the reliability of the Bible (Old and New Testament and how it came through the thousands of years of its history). This is absolutely fascinating. I have long contemplated going into graduate school for apologetics and this is another nudge in this direction.
“We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self.”— John Piper
This is an amazing speech. Unfortunately there are a lot of Youtube-inserted ads to “skip” through but the speech itself is so worth every ounce of attention the entire way, even if you are a Ravi veteran.
This has been tried multiplied millions of times through violence, but killing Christians has only ever produced more and more Christians.
Source: What is the future of Christianity and religion as a whole?
“Religion is not the place where the problem of man’s egotism is automatically solved. Rather, it is there that the ultimate battle between human pride and God’s grace takes place. Human pride may win the battle, and then religion can and does become one more instrument of human sin. But if there the self does meet God and His grace, and so surrenders to something beyond its self-interest, then Christian faith can prove to be the needed and rare release from human self-concern.” ― Langdon Brown Gilkey
宗教並不是人類自我中心的問題會自動解決的地方，而是個戰場：人類的驕傲自大對決上帝恩典的終極戰場。人類的驕傲有可能得勝，而宗教則淪落為另一個人類用來做惡的工具。但若在宗教裡，人的自我真能認識上帝和祂的恩典，從而降服於比自我利益更偉大的事，那麼，基督教信仰則真是我們需要而又極為罕見的自由：將我們從人類的自私自利中解放出來的自由。 – 藍盾布朗 吉爾基
More of brilliant quotes from David Wallace Foster
we should not so much as to win arguments but to model grace and give a winsome, not odious, impression… and it’s so easy to lose sight of that when there is so much falsehood in our environmental context and we’re anxious to point people towards truth…