Exposition Quotes

Quotes tagged as "exposition" (showing 1-30 of 36)
Catherine Lowell
“I realized that my life of late had consisted of far too much dialogue and not enough exposition. I imagined an angry, bespectacled English teacher slashing his pen through the transcript of my life, wondering how someone could possibly say so much and think so little.”
Catherine Lowell, The Madwoman Upstairs

Benjamin R.  Smith
“The first morning I really sat and watched him it was a Tuesday. I know that because Tuesday is trash day for our neighborhood. Unlike me, he leaves gathering up his trash for the morning of pickup instead of doing it the night before. My alarm went off at 6 AM and I went in to start the coffee maker, and as I went about selecting a bit of fruit from the bowl on my kitchen table I looked out the window. It was just a casual glance, and the human eye is attracted to movement.”
Benjamin R. Smith, Sketches: An Erotic Collection

C.S. Lewis
“The bad preacher takes the ideas of our own age and tricks them out into the traditional language of Christianity. The core of his thought is merely contemporary; only the superficies is traditional. But your teaching must be timeless at its heart and wear modern dress.”
C.S. Lewis

N.T. Wright
“We have to grow into Scripture, like a young boy inheriting his older brother's clothes and flopping around in them, but he gradually builds out and grows up. Perhaps it's a measure of our maturity when parts of Scripture that we found odd or even repellent suddenly come up in a new light. Our sense is overtaken by a sense of the whole thing, wide, multicolored, and unspeakably powerful.”
N.T. Wright, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters

Martin Luther
“Everything bad in the Old Testament (and there's a lot) is there to point out our sin, while everything good in the Old Testament is there to point us to our Savior.”
Martin Luther

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“The sermon has been reduced to parenthetical church remarks about newspaper events,”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thomas Henry Huxley
Lyell and Poulett Scrope, in this country, resumed the work of the Italians and of Hutton; and the former, aided by a marvellous power of clear exposition, placed upon an irrefragable basis the truth that natural causes are competent to account for all events, which can be proved to have occurred, in the course of the secular changes which have taken place during the deposition of the stratified rocks. The publication of 'The Principles of Geology,' in 1830, constituted an epoch in geological science. But it also constituted an epoch in the modern history of the doctrines of evolution, by raising in the mind of every intelligent reader this question: If natural causation is competent to account for the not-living part of our globe, why should it not account for the living part?”
Thomas Henry Huxley, The Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century

N.T. Wright
“The author extols the power of having significant portions of God's Word read in public worship with the following analogy. He says that by reading a few short verses, we are like someone glimpsing nature through window from across the room. But by taking in more lengthy passages of Scripture, we are like someone who, intrigue, gets right next to the window to take in more of the view that it offers, basking in more of the arc of the whole the whole narrative.”
N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

Joseph Conrad
“All this happened in much less time than it takes to tell, since I am trying to interpret for you into slow speech the instantaneous effect of visual impressions.”
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

Poincaré [was] the last man to take practically all mathematics, pure and applied, as his province. ... Few mathematicians have had the breadth of philosophic vision that Poincaré had, and none in his superior in the gift of clear exposition.”
Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics

“Martin Luther arrived at his earthshaking conclusions imbued with biblical exposition. As a professor, he taught the book of Psalms verse by verse from 1513 to 1515, Romans from 1515 to 1516, Galatians from 1516 until 1517, the book of Hebrews from 1517 to 1518 and then the Psalms again from 1519 until 1521.”
Alister E. McGrath, Reformation Thought

Donald Miller
“All our time spent making lists would be better spent painting, or writing, Or singing, or learning to speak stories. Sometimes I feel as though the Church has a kind of pity for Scripture, Always having to come behind it and explain everything, put everything into actionable steps, acronyms and hidden secrets, as though the original writers, and for that matter the Holy Spirit Who worked in the lives of the original writers, were a bunch of you literate hillbillies. I think the methodology God used to explain His Truth is quite superior. My life is a story, more than a list. I don't feel that a list could ever explain the complexity of all this beauty.”
Donald Miller, Searching for God Knows What

“New freedoms surface old habits. I haven't left sin behind, only discovered a new medium for my treachery. My real trouble as a writer isn't trying to mean the words that I write. It's living into the words that I mean. Nonfiction writing can feel like the high art of hypocrisy.”
Jen Pollock Michel, Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith

“Our small group is committed to getting the biblical text under our skin.”
Jen Pollock Michel, Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith

Robert Lane Greene
“Only 8000 different words appear in the Hebrew Bible, compared to the 20,000 or more that the average adult needs to know in most languages.”
Robert Lane Greene, You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“The more loftily we see Christ enthroned, and the more lowly we are when bowing before the foot of the throne, the more truly shall we be prepared to act our part towards Him.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version

“No language about God will ever be fully adequate to the burning mystery which it signifies.”
Elizabeth Johnston

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Descriptions all fall flat and tame unless the Holy Ghost fills them with life and power”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“A most elaborate theory may be constructed by a devout mind.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

“Vladimir Nabokov, contemning readers who "identified" with characters in fiction, remarked that the best readers identify with the artist.”
Joseph Epstein

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“It is not true that some doctors are only for the initiated. There is NOTHING in Scripture which is ashamed of the light.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

James MacDonald
“If we are to use the Bible effectively, then we must use it the way God wrote it – in narrative form. Our team rejects the notion that the Bible is simply an encyclopedia of disconnected Bible verses. God's Word is less like a cookbook and more like a novel.”
James MacDonald, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

“Adams was in a hurry and ordered his horse drawn carriage to wait for him in front of his house. The horses were spooked before he got in the carriage, and the carriage was destroyed in an accident. Pondering what could have happened to him , Adams retreated to Psalm 20's injunctions against trusting in chariots and horses.”
Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life

“Our religion was the religion of a Book. Man must be educated on Earth for Heaven. John Quincy Adams”
Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life

Geraldine Brooks
“Even those who know better, such as the King, nurse strange ideas about me as a prophet. They do not understand that I am given to see only those matters that roil the heavens. They expect me to know everything.”
Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

Andy Stanley
“Whenever pastors assume people in their congregation know certain things, they miss opportunities to teach. If a pastor makes assumptions year after year, then a whole generation has never heard [that truth] for the first time. If we assume too much, we communicate too little.”
Andy Stanley

“While the Bible is to be applied to the times, it is not to be subservient to the times. Thus unity across economic, cultural, and ethnic lines should be proclaimed not because it is the latest fad but rather because it is the clear teaching of the eternal Word of God.”
James Cone

Andrew Pettegree
“often finds a more interesting story behind the conventional one. Martin Luther's supposedly revolutionary resistance to indulgences took place in a German state where they were sold. Even more intriguing, they weren't sold because the ruling authorities there get a brisk business in holy relics – which Luther left alone.”
Andrew Pettegree, Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe—and Started the Protestant Reformation

James MacDonald
“The Scriptures were written with built-in tension between texts and its resultant theology.”
James MacDonald, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

James MacDonald
“A continual diet of the Word satisfies, and it builds an appetite for more.”
James MacDonald, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God's Changeless Truth

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