Wisdom from “Prof”

  • Heaven is a person: Jesus.
  • Never traffic in unpracticed truth.
  • You are able to do many things. But be sure you find the one thing you must do.
  • There’s no one without significant creative potential.
  • You never graduate from the school of discipleship.
  • If you’re just like someone else, we don’t need you.
  • How big is your God? The size of your God determines the size of everything.
  • There’s no such thing as faith apart from risk-taking. Creativity takes risk. The people who are most secure in Jesus Christ shouldn’t be scared to try new things.
  • You cannot impart what you do not possess.
  • The teacher has not taught until the student has learned.
  • Nothing is more common than unfulfilled potential.
  • The Bible was not given to make us smarter sinners, but to change our lives.
  • The greatest curse that pervaded the university is apathy.
  • The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.
  • In the spiritual realm, the opposite of ignorance is not knowledge, it’s obedience.
  • A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for.  
  • It is a sin to bore a child with the Word of God.
  • You can impress people at a distance, but you can impact them only up close.
  • Biblically speaking, to hear and not to do is not to hear at all.
  • In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering.
  • You can control your choices but you can’t control the outcome of those choices.
  • If you want to continue leading, you must continue changing.
  • Experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is.    
  • If we stop learning today, we stop teaching tomorrow.  
  • Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.  


Recently, I listened to a sermon by Howard Hendricks.  Hendricks taught for sixty years at Dallas Theological Seminary.  He died in 2013.   In the message, Hendricks described one of his favorite poems, “The Night They Burned Shanghai” by Robert Abrahams.  It tells of a couple driving to play Bridge with some of their friends.  As they are en route they survey what is going on in the world.  The luxury of playing Bridge is juxtaposed with various world tragedies.  The poem ends with these arresting lines:

Tonight Shanghai is burning

And we are dying too

What bomb more surely mortal

Than death inside of you 

For some men die by shrapnel

And some go down in flames

But most men perish inch by inch

In play at little games.