Someone on my team recently asked me why, of all the people I quote when explaining a passage or a topic, I mainly quote dead people. I don’t exclusively quote dead people. And I don’t reference other’s thinking in all my sermons and definitely not in every point I am attempting to make. But it is true; I tend to reference dead theologians and Bible teachers much more than ones who are still living. So why? I have thought about it and lived long enough to be intentional about it, so here are three reasons I mostly quote dead theologians in writing or speaking.
I believe the Lord used those “as we go” conversations spurred on and supported by his school and church curriculum. These happen in our car through conversations about Genesis creation, about why we celebrate Christmas and Easter, singing the Apostle’s Creed (over and over – it’s Track 7 if you’re us), talking about what we see out the window in God’s great big world. This is our shot at making discples [sic] as we go.
The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign to prove himself. “But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.”