QOTD: "Do We Grow?"

“All things are growing older: the world is growing old; we ourselves are growing older. A few more summers, a few more winters, a few more sicknesses, a few more sorrows, a few more weddings, a few more funerals, a few more meetings, and a few more partings, and then,—what? Why the grass will be growing over our graves!
Now would it not be well to look within, and put to our souls a simple question? In religion, in the things that concern our peace, in the great matter of personal holiness, are we getting on? DO WE GROW?”
J. C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots (London: William Hunt and Company, 1889), 142.

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On The Christian Pre-history of Public Education

“Without minimizing their strong biblical base, Sunday schools in America expanded their educational emphasis to fill the educational vacuum before the establishment of public education. By 1859, the Sunday school movement had provided three-fifths of the libraries in America.”

Michael J. Anthony, Warren S. Benson, Daryl Eldridge and Julie Gorman, Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001), 673.