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Alan Jacobs, “The Gifts of the Owner of the World” (Feb 10, 2018)

To speak personally, the very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.

—Zadie Smith

In The Guardian (Jan 13, 2007). As quoted by Alan Jacobs, who added: “This comes closer than anything I have ever seen to describing my own reasons for writing.”

When everything is missions, missions gets left behind.

Kevin DeYoung, “When Everything Is Missions,” The Gospel Coalition (Nov 9, 2017)

[W]e really value Bible translation. It is beautiful, good, and important to our work as ministers, missionaries, and scholars as well.… Our desire is getting the Word of God into languages where more people can understand it.

—Jonathan Pennington with Bill Mounce, Brian Vickers and Peter Gentry in a panel discussion at Southern Seminary about the importance of Bible translation

I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip and my Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.

—Martin Luther

Quoted in Timothy George, Theology of the Reformers, 53, as quoted in Shawn Wright, “Luther’s Battle for Sola Scriptura,” Southern Seminary Magazine.

Edmund was healed and “could look you in the face” /

[Lucy] found [Edmund] standing on his feet and not only healed of his wounds but looking better than she had seen him look — oh, for ages; in fact ever since his first term at that horrid school which was where he had begun to go wrong. He had become his real old self again and could look you in the face. And there on the field of battle Aslan made him a knight.

—C.S. Lewis, “The Hunting of the White Stag,” The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund had been on the wrong side, but Aslan rescued and healed him. Lewis wrote that he “could look you in the face.” A mark of health.

“The ‘Life-Fire’ of God’s Word — Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892),” Bible Mesh (Sep 15, 2017)

We don’t read the Bible regularly because we don’t understand how it works. We often think it’s all about us, and that opening Scripture is only useful when we think we need it. We don’t understand how amazing the Bible really is. …

Why don’t we read our Bibles? Because we forget that God’s Word is alive. Open the Bible not merely to be inspired, but to exult in the God who speaks.

Brandon D. Smith, “The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles,” The Gospel Coalition (Jul 10, 2017)

Doug Toft, “What Is a Commonplace Book, Anyway?”

What we need to say is we believe in words-for-words translation rather than word-for-word.

—Dr. Bryan Harmelink, in response to Dave Brunn (“Bible Translation as Missions” Colloquium)