Friday, June 18, 2010

I&tNC - preface

a book that has recently been made available at church is "Israel and the New Covenant" by Roderick Campbell. and since i've been looking forward to finally getting it for over a year now, i'm reading it. and so i thought i'd post any notes or quotes here... starting with the preface, here, right now.

"The most that any of us can do in a study such as is presented in this book is to clear away the debris which has accumulated around the solid work already done, and then add, if we can, a brick to the slowly-growing structure of Apprehended Truth." pg. xii.

i love that image.... adding bricks to a structure that represents the truths of God that we have finally come to apprehend, understand, and really "own".


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Outcast, Adopted.

THIS BLOG IS IN NEED OF AN OVERHAUL. there are posts from years back i would not be able to post in good conscience now. i plan to overhaul the blog, and either delete or add a disclaimer to those posts. but that is gonna take time....

The Radical Summons: "
Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp and bear the reproach He endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come." Hebrews 13:13.

"The Spirit never loosens where the Word binds; the Spirit never justifies where the Word condemns; the Spirit never approves where the Word disapproves; the Spirit never blesses where the Word curses." —Thomas Brooks

‎"God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those who are sick, gives sight to none but the blind, and life to none but the dead. He does not give saintliness to any but sinners, nor wisdom to any but fools. In short: He has mercy on none but the wretched and gives grace to none but those who are in disgrace. Therefore no arrogant saint, or just or wise man can be material for God, neither can he do the work of God, but he remains confined within his own work and makes of himself a fictitious, ostensible, false, and deceitful saint, that is, a hypocrite." --Martin Luther (W.A. 1.183ff)

i will not let You go: "Jacob's sense of his total debility and utter defeat is now the secret of his power with his friendly Vanquisher. God can overthrow all the prowess of the self-reliant, but He cannot resist the earnest entreaty of the helpless." --Albert Barnes

i will not let You go: "Jacob's determination did not flow from his strength, it flowed from his weakness." --Charles Leiter