Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fall Reading Group

1. Idols for Destruction by Herb Schlossberg
2. Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson
3. A Better Freedom by Mike Card
4. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
5. The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield
6. In Praise of Folly by Erasmus
7. Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
8. The Prince by Machiavelli
9. The White Horse King by Ben Merkle
10. Five Cities by Douglas Wilson
11. The Summa of the Summa by Thomas Aquinas, ed. Peter Kreeft

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things

My Top Author Encounters

1. Tom Wolfe in the Reagan National Airport
2. Francis Schaeffer in a little bookshop in St. Louis, MO
3. Jan Karon for dinner near her home in Blowing Rock, NC
4. Aiden Mackey at his home in Bedford, UK
5. Virginia Maxwell-Scott at her home in Abbotsford, UK
6. Thomas Cahill at a book signing in Washington, DC
7. Iain Murray at a study center in Edinburgh, UK
8. Dean Karnazes running together in Memphis, TN
9. Christopher Catherwood at Cambridge University
10. J.I. Packer at a conference in San Diego, CA
11. Kinky Friedman at a book signing in Austin, TX

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Favorite Chalmers Quotes

1. Regardless of how large, your vision is too small.

2. Gargantuanism and the care of souls cannot coexist.

3. Doubt both doubt and doubters.

4. The permanent things matter. The temporal things only matter to the degree that they are connected with the permanent things.

5. My God, save me from the peace which is no peace; let me have no peace without my Saviour or with my sin.

6. You always can do less than you think in five years and more than you think in fifty.

7. As in Algebra, it is not the ipsa corpora of quantity, but with its mere nominal representatives that we have to do.

8. Moral Philosophy stands to Christianity in the relation that Law does to Gospel, that the preaching of the Baptist did to that of Christ.

9. The Church of Jesus Christ will either multiply or divide.

10. Unforgiveness is the poison we drink hoping another will die.

11. Gospel preaching always requires great courage, both to execute and to tolerate, for it must ever needs be a running toward a lion’s roar.

Favorite Augustine Quotes

1. Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

2. Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

3. Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

4. Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

5. If you believe what you like in the Gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.

6. In the absence of true justice, what is a government’s sovereignty but organized robbery?

7. It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

8. It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

9. Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

10. The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

11. You have created us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart cannot rest until it rests in You.