What I Read Online – 05/31/2012 (p.m.)

01 Jun
    • More depends on the student’s character and disposition than on all other things. Hence, we often observe persons whose advantages have been very few far surpassing in vigor of mind and in extent of information, those who privileges have been the greatest. Too much dependence is often placed on teachers, or books, and external advantages.
    • Keep habitually in view the awful importance of the office which you have in view.
    • Learn to think for yourselves.
    • Do not waste your time and strength on studies which are never likely to be profitable but do not hastily conclude that this and that are unimportant.
    • So regulate your attention to your studies as never to lose any part of learning which you have gained. A little care and diligence will enable you to preserve knowledge once acquired, and whatever is worth gaining is worth preserving.
    • Learn to think and reason closely and correctly when you have no access to books, and no opportunity of committing your thoughts to writing.
    • But when circumstances will admit, write down your thoughts both for the sake of preserving them; and to assist you in confirming your attention to the subject and of forming more distinct ideas.
    • Animated and candid discussion of subjects in conversation with others engaged in the same course of study is one of the best methods of aiding us in acquiring distinct and perspicuous ideas.
    • Form habits of diligence in your studies. “Life is short and art is long” is as true now as formerly. Talents without industry are not sufficient. Without diligence, no man can become truly learned. To the theologian it is indispensable both as it relates to his studies and official duties.
    • Diligence without method will enable us to make but little progress; adopt, therefore, and preserve a regular method in the disposal of your time and distribution of your studies. 
    • Nonverbal channels are inadequate for conveying cognitive content
    • Even this summary of the gospel is impossible to communicate nonverbally.
    • it can deceive us into thinking the power of the gospel lies within us.
    • The gospel’s inherent power does not fluctuate with the strengths or weaknesses of its messengers.
    • it can put us out of step with God’s own modus operandi in the world.
    • The gospel of Jesus Christ is a verbal thing, and communicating it requires putting it into words. This verbal witness is scarcely the whole of our calling, but neither is it dispensable. Nothing can replace it.
    • According to this view, the gospel is without its own potency. Its “fruitfulness” depends upon us. But this is not the testimony of the New Testament.
    • But this does not permit us to hold the gospel hostage to our shortcomings.
    • he gospel’s inherent power does not fluctuate with the strengths or weaknesses of its messengers.

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