D. A. Carson‘s 2-volume “For the Love of God” was very influential in my life. In those volumes, Carson provided a commentary on one of four Bible passages in the M’Cheyne reading plan. After using that resource for a number of years, I began to search commentaries and sermons to help me understand difficult passages that I encountered. I started this site in January of 2009, never expecting to gain a wide following. Most days, I post a quote from one of my favorite authors or speakers. I include contemporary preachers and authors, but especially love the old.
C.S. Lewis wrote in the introduction to “On the Incarnation,” a book written by
This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology. Wherever you find a little study circle of Christian laity you can be almost certain that they are studying not St. Luke or St. Paul or St. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas or Hooker or Butler, but M. Berdyaev or M. Maritain or M. Niebuhr or Miss Sayers or even myself.
Now this seems to me topsy-turvy. Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old. And I would give him this advice precisely because he is an amateur and therefore much less protected than the expert against the dangers of an exclusive contemporary diet. A new book is still on its trial and the amateur is not in a position to judge it. It has to be tested against the great body of Christian thought down the ages, and all its hidden implications (often unsuspected by the author himself) have to be brought to light.
Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction. To be sure, the books of the future would be just as good a corrective as the books of the past, but unfortunately we cannot get at them.
We are blessed to have SO many old resources available online. Spurgeon, Calvin, Luther, Owen, J.C. Ryle, Matthew Henry….and so I find what some of these giants of the faith have written about the Bible passages we read each day, and post them for you to enjoy. My prayer is that you will KNOW God more and more each day, by SEEING Him in His Word.