20 Zitate aus … Leland Rykens Packer-Biografie (3)

Leland Ryken. J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015. 434 Seiten. 20 Euro (Kindle-Version.)

Teil I (Biografie), Teil II (Person) 

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  1. “Unitarianism affirms the ethic of Jesus as the most wonderful thing since ice cream and negates the divinity of Jesus as superstition.” (382-83)

  2. “achieving a happy compatibility of incompatibles is part of the maturing effect that marriage is meant to have.” (1238-39)

  3. “the best theological work has been done under pressure of controversy and urgent need.” (1526)

  4. “persons denying the full truth of Scripture may claim an evangelical identity while methodologically they have moved away from the evangelical principle of knowledge.” (2284)

  5. “the Christian tastes God in all his pleasures, and this increases them.” (3247)

  6. “All doctrines terminate in mystery; for they deal with the works of God.” (3784)

  7. “I love pregnant brevity, and some of my material is . . . packed tight (Packer by name, packer by nature).” (3794)

  8. It is “not so much a story of what I have done with the Bible but of what the Bible has done with me” (3851)

  9. “Built into Christianity is a principle of authority. This is because Christianity is revealed religion.” (4013)

  10. having the right view of the Bible’s authority and reliability is useless if we do not read the Bible and apply it to our lives. (4037)

  11. we will not seek to understand the Bible unless we accept its authority; (2) we will understand it only insofar as we interpret it correctly; (3) understanding the Bible means receiving its teaching; and (4) God gives this understanding by his Holy Spirit and by the input of the Christian community and its traditions. (4048-51)

  12. we must interpret a biblical text in keeping with the author’s intention; (2) we must assume the coherence, harmony, and veracity of the Bible; (3) we must interpret individual parts of the Bible by placing them into the context of the entire biblical canon; and (4) we must respond to a biblical text with an increase of our faith. (4089-91)

  13. “Have something to say.” (2) “Keep it simple.” (3) “Make it flow.” (4) “Be willing to redraft as often as is necessary to meet these requirements.” (4511-13)

  14. “The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God’s facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for he knows that all truth is God’s truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith.” (4792)

  15. “Theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness.” (5503)

  16. “Theology’s proper goal,” he writes, “is to equip the disciples of Jesus Christ for obedience.” (5530)

  17. “To be preoccupied with getting theological knowledge as an end in itself . . . is the direct route to a state of self-satisfied self-deception.” (5584-85)

  18. “Like Calvin, I theologize in constant dialogue with the whole Christian heritage of study, proclamation, and belief. . . . Theology is a cooperative enterprise, and the fellowship of its practitioners has a historical as well as a contemporary dimension.” (5636-38)

  19. “Christianity is not instinctive to anyone, nor is it picked up casually without effort. It is a faith that has to be learned, and therefore taught, and so some sort of systematic instruction (catechumenate) is an essential part of a church’s life.” (5689-91)

  20. When a Christian minister moves into a congregation, he “has first of all to make sure that there is a willingness on the part of the congregation to learn the Bible.” (5914-15)

  21. The pastor should see himself as a man set apart to preach Bible truth, to teach Christ and to counsel the spiritually perplexed in light of the written Word; to convert, nurture, watch over and care for sinners; to pray for them, bring wisdom to them, model godliness before them, and lead them into and in doxology, fidelity, purity, humility, maturity, and joy in Christ; and to fight in whatever way particular situations might require for the fullness and forthrightness of the faith. (5928-31)

  22. The only way for a preacher to avoid making himself the authority is for him to see “himself as no less under the authority of the Word than the congregation. (5971-72)

  23. “the preacher, rather than the critical commentator or the academic theologian, is the true interpreter of Scripture.” (6039-40)