Three Quotes from a Good Guy

Guess who wrote these (all in the same book, same chapter):question-mark

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We think so much of spiritual growth in terms of our personal relationship with Jesus Christ and very rarely consciously associate that with our relatedness to the body of Christ—not only those who are now living but those who have gone before us and who will come after us. The Reformers did make that connection. That is why they affirmed the ancient creeds, and that is why the Protestant churches drafted confessions of faith and officially adopted catechisms for the training of the young in the great truths of Scripture.

Many intend a high view of Scripture when they insist that it is a manual for life, but, in fact, treating the Bible as a manual ends up leading to a low view of Scripture by trivializing the message. We have auto manuals, cookbooks, and self-help guides for an endless spectrum of activities. What we do not have, besides the Bible, is an infallible self-revelation from God telling us how we, being sinners, can be reconciled to a holy God. There is a great deal that we can learn from philosophers, scientists, physicians, lawyers, artists, and other professionals that we cannot find in the Bible, and there is no reason to expect Scripture to answer questions that can be addressed by common sense, creativity, and education, whether the author is a believer or not. But psychology, sociology, marketing, politics, and all other secular disciplines have to take a backseat when we are forming our views of God, ourselves, and the meaning of life and history, salvation, and the nature, purpose, and methods of church growth, worship and evangelism.

There is no easier way to walk through the main points of Scripture than by reading through a Protestant catechism. We are all confessing our faith; we are all interpreting the main points. Our confessional interpretation does not take away from Scripture’s sufficiency but presupposes it. So all we are saying here is that this confession and interpretation of Scripture must take place corporately. We are part of the body of Christ, and none of us is qualified to interpret Scripture by ourselves.

If you find this one easy, then tell me what book they’re in.


I recently inherited a portion my father’s library and this book published in 1996 was included. It was a collaboration with some great contributions from Robert Godfrey, Robert Strimple, Gary Johnson, R.C. Sproul and others. The 5th and final section is called, Responding to the Crisis and it contains one chapter called, Recovering the Plumb Line written by Michael Horton. It’s the popular Horton we all know and love.

The title seemed to be outdated from the start as the crisis was more current than coming.


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17 Responses to Three Quotes from a Good Guy

  1. Bruce S. says:

    Horton, People and Place?

  2. Rick says:

    Yes, No.

    Way to spoil half of the fun early.

  3. Bruce S. says:

    Sorry. I actually don’t think those snips read much like Horton, of whom I’ve read a lot. Maybe this is from one of his “popular” efforts, like Christless Christianity, or something.

  4. RubeRad says:

    I was also going to guess Horton, because the language did sound like Horton to me. But I didn’t want to spoil half the fun early.

    And I was going to guess People & Place, which is apparently wrong. I don’t recall those quotes from Christless Christianity…

    (You can just say “Wrong”, and let us all wonder if I’m wrong to guess CC, or if I’m wrong to not recall the quotes from CC)

  5. Rick says:


    Hint: The title of the book was considered out-of-date almost right away.

  6. Brenden says:

    Where in the World is the Church?

  7. Chris Sherman says:

    “Made in America”?

  8. Rick says:

    No. Thank you, come again.

  9. Rick says:

    No. Thank you , come again.

  10. Rick says:

    I need to exit for a while. Have fun. Look it up.

    Any thoughts on that middle paragraph?

  11. Bruce S. says:

    “Too Good to Be True: Finding Hope in a World of Hype”

  12. Mike K. says:

    Beyond Culture Wars?

    It seems wrong but it looks familiar, and that’s the only book of his that I’ve read.

  13. Rick says:

    Nobody yet.

    It’s tough so one last hint. It’s the final chapter of the book and the only chapter written by Horton. The previous hint was that the book was poorly titled.

  14. Greg says:

    The Coming Evangelical Crisis

  15. Rick says:



    More details later.

  16. Given that the book is 13 years old, buy or no buy?

    There’s a copy for cheap at our local Christian bookstore.

  17. Rick says:

    Lee, there is some timeless material here, but I wouldn’t pay too much more than 5 bucks for it. The Horton offering is worth most of that.

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