Archive for November, 2009

The First and Most Important Fact

November 18, 2009


Any one who speaks of God as though He were a cousin, about whom, naturally, one knows everything, really knows nothing at all of God. The first and most important fact that we can know about God is ever this: we know nothing of Him, except what He himself has revealed to us.

Emil Brunner, Our Faith, trans. ┬áJohn Rilling (New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1954), 11.

The Biblical Story

November 17, 2009

The biblical story does not simply illumine our existence: it throws our whole existence into turmoil. It does not merely answer our questions: it reveals the banality of our questions and gives us new questions that set us on a path to profound discovery. It is not supplemental, but subversive. Thus, the goal is not to relate the Bible to our experience (which is really to say, judge the Bible by experience), but vice versa. We must set out to make our lives relevant to the biblical story, not the biblical story to our lives.

Michael S. Horton, Covenant and Eschatology (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), 165.