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Favorite Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes (or paraphrases) from the 2008 Together for the Gospel conference and Band of Bloggers seminar. You can download all the messages for free on MP3 at the T4G website.

"According to John 17:13, If you denigrate doctrine, you are a killjoy" - Ligon Duncan

"Christ's blood creates a deeper lineage than our genes" - Thabiti Anyabwile

"Soft preaching makes hard people. Hard truth will make a soft person" - John MacArthur

"We have the only profession in the world where we can take no credit for anything we do" - John MacArthur

"It's not about how cool you are. It's about how clear you are." - John MacArthur

"An evangelistic spirit unmoored from theology will lead to liberalism" - Mark Dever

"Pastors have the only job with a report card that comes after we're done" - Ligon Duncan

"The gospel could not be more kind. It is grace and kindness to tell the truth and then make provision for it." - Al Mohler

"Jesus was the ultimate obscenity" - R. C. Sproul [This statement still sends shivers up my spine as I consider the curse Christ bore on my behalf. See 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13]

"The pure gospel is the only hope we have, and it is hope enough" - R. C. Sproul

"After preaching, we should feel dissatisfied (which motivates us to grow), but not discouraged (which reveals pride)" - C. J. Mahaney

"There is an interconnectedness to the gospel. When you deny penal substitution, you eventually reject other fundamental doctrines as well" - Al Mohler

"Let your ministry have a radical, risky flavor" - John Piper

"Yes, Christ and His work are a means to something (justification, sanctification, glorification). But more importantly, Christ becomes my end. The ticket becomes the treasure. Christ is our final reward." - John Piper

"The sweetest fellowship with the Savior is the fellowship of suffering" - John Piper

"When preparing for a sermon, I pray, 'Lord, show me what's there, and help me feel what's there.' We need both the light and the heat." - John Piper

"In suffering, the possibilities of making much of Jesus are staggering." - John Piper

"Let the cross overshadow everything you write in your blog" - Tim Challies

"Always check your heart before you hit the post button" - Tim Challies


  1. Good meeting you at the BoB luncheon and then again Southern Sem yesterday. Thanks for taking our picture.

    Dan Sudfeld


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