Burghardt DuBois, the great black educator, sociologist, and historian, upon completion of studies at Fisk, Harvard and the University of Berlin, was convinced that change in the condition of the American black could be effected by careful scientific investigations into the truth about the black in America. So he proceeded. His research was flawless and his graphs and charts impeccable. After waiting several years and hearing not the slightest stir of reform, Dr. DuBois had to accept the truth about Truth: Its being available does not mean it will be appropriated.
Fred B. Craddock, Overhearing the Gospel.
A black preacher introduced a guest speaker with the following: "The man we has speaking to us is a man who knows the unknowable, can solve the unsolvable and can screw the inscrutable."
The sum total of man's knowledge could be represented graphically:
Up to 1845 = 1 inch
1845 to 1945 = 3 inches
1945 to 1976 = the height of the Washington Monument
John McArthur, tape on Ephesians 5:15-17.
He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.
Rev. Sidney Smith quoted in: Nancy McPhee, The Book of Insults, Ancient and Modern.
For every man, education should be a process which continues all his life. We have to abandon, as swiftly as possible, the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40--and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
Arthur C. Clarke in The View From Serendip.
Knowledge is exploding at such a rate--more than 2000 pages a minute--that even Einstein couldn't keep up. In fact, if you read 24 hours a day, from age 21 to 70, and retained all you read, you would be one and a half million years behind when you finished.
Campus Life, February, 1979.
Wesley was not an advocate of sensationalism in preaching. But on one occasion, he interrupted his own sermon and shouted, "Lord, is Saul also among the prophets? Is James Watson here? If he be, show Thy power!" And James Watson dropped to the floor and began to cry loudly for God's mercy!
W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 247.
At a Monday evening prayer meeting, Charles Spurgeon suddenly interrupted his sermon, pointed in a certain direction, and said, "Young man, those gloves you are wearing have not been paid for; you have stolen them from your employer!" After the meeting a young man came to the vestry and begged to see Spurgeon. Pale and trembling, the young man confessed that he had stolen the gloves he was wearing! He promised never to steal again and begged Spurgeon not to expose him to his employer.
W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 219.
When Charles Spurgeon was pastor at New Park Street in London, God used his words to bring about amazing changes in the lives of people. A man who was on his way to get some gin saw the crowd at the church door and pushed his way in to see what was going on. At that moment, Spurgeon turned and faced the man and said that there was a man in the gallery who had a gin bottle in his pocket and had come with no good motive. The startled man listened to the rest of the message and was converted. One evening a prostitute, on her way to Blackfriars Bridge to commit suicide, stopped at the church, hoping to hear some word that would prepare her to meet her maker. Spurgeon was preaching from Luke 7:36-50, the story of the prostitute who wiped Jesus feet with her tears. His text was verse 44; "Seest thou this woman?" As Spurgeon preached, the woman saw herself but also saw the grace of God and trusted Christ.
W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 231.