Quotes about study

I know the idea of “studying” God often rubs people the wrong way. It sounds cold and theoretical, as if God were a frog carcass to dissect in a lab or a set of ideas that we memorise like math proofs.

But studying God doesn’t have to be like that. You can study him the way you study a sunset that leaves you speechless. Yo... read more


Generation after generation of Christians has been thrilled by the process of taking the ‘raw material’ of words on a page and - under God’s direction - reading, discussing, sharpening, refining, conceptualising and applying those words to their daily lives.

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A Christian can depersonalise God by making him the object of investigation rather than the Lord to who we are subject. The vitality of our faith gets sucked out when our stance toward God changes from “I trust in” to “I believe that”

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Food that is vomited up as soon as it is rated is not assimilated into the body and does not do one any good… a plant which is frequently moved never grows strong. Nothing is so useful that it can be of any service in the mere passing. A multitude of books only gets in one’s way.

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I sometimes think Christians apologise too much for learning. We are wary of being bigheaded, small-hearted people, and that’s a valid concern. But isn’t knowing God the goal? Some sermons should not end with three points of “practical” application, because simply knowing God better is the point. Of course, this knowledge is more... read more


Thinking deeply about the gospel is the only way to consistently feel deeply about the gospel

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If God is ever considered in study, it is as an object of study rather than as the source and sustainer by which study is even possible.

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They threw away the golden opportunity for learning. They would not get wisdom at the time when their minds were most able to receive it, and their memories most able to retain it.

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