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  • Timothy shared from Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
    Courtney suffered a coughing fit, which threatened to give them away. General Clark passed the choking commando some chewing gum. “Your American gum44 has so little taste,” whispered Courtney, once the spasm subsided. “Yes,” said Clark. “I’ve already used it.” When
    Note: One doesn't usually laugh out loud when reading a history book, but I found this quite humorous:
  • Timothy shared from Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) by Brooks Landon
    the same words in different order have different meanings, or to put this another way, that style is content. Most of us have been taught to think of style and meaning, or form and content, as two different things and, indeed, it is almost impossible to talk about language without resorting to this binary opposition. We think of content as the ideas or information our writing conveys, and we think of style as the way in which we present these ideas. Many aphorisms and metaphors have been used through the years to describe style, ranging from “Style is the man himself” to “Style is the dress...
    Note: The content we convey is inseparable from the way in which we convey it.
  • Timothy shared from Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller
    the true god of your heart is what your thoughts effortlessly go to when there is nothing else demanding your attention. What do you enjoy daydreaming about? What occupies your mind when you have nothing else to think about? Do you develop potential scenarios about career advancement? Or material goods such as a dream home? Or a relationship with a particular person?
    Note: To what does your mind most effortlessly wander when you are alone? Behold, your real god.
  • Timothy shared from Proverbs & Ecclesiastes (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Daniel J. Treier
    Augustine’s understanding is complementary: For, if he visited every sin here below with manifest penalty, it might be thought that no score remained to be settled at the Last Judgment. On the other hand, if God did not plainly enough punish sin on earth, people might conclude that there is no such thing as Divine Providence. So, too, in regard to good things of life. If God did not bestow them with patent liberality to some who ask him, we could possibly argue that such things did not depend on his power. On the other hand, if he lavished them on all who asked, we might have the impression...
    Note: Augustine of Hippo on why God doesn't bless and punish immediately or precisely in this life:
  • Timothy shared from Calvinism by Darryl Hart
    Zwingli echoed Luther: because Christ is the believer's righteousness, “our good works are good in so far as they are of Christ; in so far as they are our works they are neither righteous nor good” (Art. 38).
    Note: "Our good works are good only insofar are they are of Christ" (Ulrich Zwingli).