Here’s What It Looked Like . . .

Lecturing at Southern Seminary:

I had a great time.  There’s one nagging remainder.  Students asked me several times what practical course I would recommend.  I chastened them for asking an academic for a practical solution!  Seriously, though, my topic was an extended critique of secularism.  I was arguing for a better armed (rhetorically speaking) Christian contest in public affairs and culture.  Jim Parker, who was there, sent me the following quote from J. Gresham Machen which is perfect for the occasion:

False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion. Under such circumstances, what God desires us to do is to destroy the obstacle at its root.

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