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On aphorisms

February 7, 2008


My first serious theological study was on Coleridge, who delved deeply into the idea of the ‘aphorism’ as a mode of instruction. He says, in his Aids to Reflection, that ‘[t]his twofold act of circumscribing, and detaching, when it is exerted by the mind on subjects of reflection and reason, is to aphorise…’ (footnote to […]

An aphorism on prayer

February 7, 2008


‘Prayer is a gift God gives, not a duty God demands.’

An aphorism on evangelistic preaching

December 14, 2007


Written whilst listening to a sermon on John 3:16, which seemed to assume the subject of that verse was human faith, not divine love: ‘Our task is not to tell people that they must believe in Jesus, but so to tell them of Jesus that they must believe in Him.’

An aphorism on preaching

December 14, 2007


‘A preacher does better to deserve attention than to demand it.’ ( I used a version of this in describing the second volume of Colin Gunton’s sermons in my ‘Introduction’, but it was developed in reflecting on the ministry of a faithful pastor whose sermons never excited, but always nourished.)


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