Let me meet you on the mountain, Lord,
You wouldn't have to burn a whole bush.
Just a few smoking branches
And I would surely be ...your Moses.
Let me meet you on the water, Lord,
It wouldn't have to be on White Rock Lake.
Just on a puddle after the annual Dallas rain
And I would surely be...your Peter.
Let me meet you on the road, Lord,
You wouldn't have to blind me on North Central Expressway.
Just a few bright lights on the way to chapel
And I would surely be...your Paul.
Let me meet you, Lord,
Just meeting you in the Word is so hard sometimes
Must I always be...your Thomas?
Norman Shirk, April 10, 1981, KQ (Dallas Seminary)
Lord Halifax, a former foreign secretary of Great Britain, once shared a railway
compartment with two prim-looking spinsters. A few moments before reaching his destination
the train passed through a tunnel. In the utter darkness Halifax kissed the back of his
hand noisily several times. When the train drew into the station, he rose, lifted his hat,
and in a gentlemanly way said:
"May I thank whichever one of you two ladies I am indebted to for the charming
incident in the tunnel." He then beat a hasty retreat, leaving the two ladies glaring
at each other.
Bits & Pieces, May 27, 1993, p. 22.
G. Campbell Morgan had already enjoyed some success as a preacher by the time he was 19
years old. But then he was attacked by doubts about the Bible. The writings of various
scientists and agnostics disturbed him (e.g., Charles Darwin, John Tyndall, Thomas Huxley,
and Herbert Spencer). As he read their books and listened to debates, Morgan became more
and more perplexed. What did he do? He cancelled all preaching engagements, put all the
books in a cupboard and locked the door, and went to the bookstore and bought a new Bible.
He said to himself, "I am no longer sure that this is what my father claims it to
be--the Word of God. But of this I am sure. If it be the Word of God, and if I come to it
with an unprejudiced and open mind, it will bring assurance to my soul of itself."
The result? "That Bible found me!" said Morgan. The new assurance in 1883 gave
him the motivation for his preaching and teaching ministry. He devoted himself to the
study and preaching of God's Word.
Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, Moody,
1984, p. 211.
Carl Rogers, the U.S. psychologist, was 22 years old when he entered Union Theological
Seminary in New York in 1924. While there, he participated in a seminar organized to
explore religious doubts. Rogers later said of the group, "The majority of
members...in thinking their way through questions they had raised, thought themselves
right out of religious work. I was one."
Book of Lists, p. 20.
Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any; but keep your doubts to
yourself, for I have enough of my own.