8 quotes that radically changed my theology

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John Piper once said that “books don’t change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences.” I find that this is exactly the case. Some of the most profound things that I have come to realize were illumined by one small phrase. Below are some that had an impact on me.

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”

C.S. Lewis

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”

John Piper

“We must read this book of books with all human methods. But through the fragile and broken Bible, God meets us in the voice of the Risen One..”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”

John Calvin

“The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.”

Karl Barth

“Speaking as a biblical scholar, inerrancy is a high-maintenance doctrine. It takes much energy to “hold on to” and produces much cognitive dissonance. I am hardly alone. Over the last twenty years or so, I have crossed paths with more than a few biblical scholars with evangelical roots, even teaching in inerrantist schools, who nervously tread delicate paths re-defining, nuancing, and adjusting their definition of inerrancy to accommodate the complicating factors that greet us at every turn in the historical study of Scripture.”

Peter Enns

“If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.”

R.C. Sproul

Man can certainly flee from God… but he cannot escape him. He can certainly hate God and be hateful to God, but he cannot change into its opposite the eternal love of God which triumphs even in his hate.
Karl Barth

Karl Barth

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  1. “If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.”

    Do you think God’s sovereignty is that small?

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