I’ve been reading Mike Abendroth’s “Jesus Christ: the Prince of Preachers” and already sent a note of thanks to the pastor who gave it to me. There are a lot of marks in my margins, but tonight these have been on my mind….

On your dying day, you will rely strictly on truths about the Godhead for your hope. John DeBrine once shared with me the story of his heart attack. He said, “When I was lying on the ground during my heart attack, I was not singing, ‘Shine, Jesus, Shine.’ I was saying to myself, ‘My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.'” (74)

And this…

[J. Gresham] Machen, on his deathbed, sent a telegram to his colleague John Murray that read, “I’m so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it.” (74)

I’ll finish off with John Newton: “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things — that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour.”