"The most difficult thing to get the evangelical church to do is to pray."
"Most of us waste most of our time reading books that are at best third rate. Why? Because they are cutting edge, because they are now, because people are postmodern today. The result: we know all about postmodern people but we are very shallow on understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ."
"The reason that most of us as evangelicals have so little time for the early fathers is because we would never be so worked up about Christology as they were and we would never be so worked up about the Trinity as they were. Which means if its true we are the ones verging on heresy."
"We actually think that the Holy Trinity is the most speculative and the least practical doctrine of our theology. But those who are wiser than we, believe it is the least speculative and the most practical. And the one who most believed that was of all the theologians... was the Lord Jesus Christ."
"A firing of one's devotion in these areas leads to the profoundest applications."
"Often lacking in our ministry is our Christ is not big enough to propel the indicatives in our lives."
"When people say your not practical enough the real problem is probably that you are not being Christocentric enough; not being Trinitarian enough. Because being real practical is not a matter of saying here are three things you need to do, being really practical is so exalting God, the Trinity, the work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that people are carried out into practical application."
He pointed out that a young man in Calvin's Geneva, with all the Catechizing that was going on in the Reformation, would have a better understanding of doctrine and Scripture than the seminary graduate today.