Pebble Toss: Pragmatism


(to find out what a “Pebble Toss” is, please click here to read an explanation)

Today’s “Pebble Toss” is on the theme of the dangers of pragmatism, both in education and in the church.

Here are 3 quotes:


“Whenever success is made the motive of service infidelity to our Lord is the inevitable result.” Oswald Chambers

“Wherever pragmatism exists in the church, there is always a corresponding de-emphasis on Christ’s sufficiency, God’s sovereignty, biblical integrity, the power of prayer, and Spirit-led ministries. The result is a man-centered ministry that attempts to accomplish divine purposes by superficial programs and human methodology rather than by the Word or the power of the Spirit.” John MacArthur

“Right here is where the pragmatic philosophy comes into its own.  It asks no embarrassing questions about the wisdom of what we are doing or even about the morality of it. It accepts our chosen ends as right and good and casts about for efficient means and ways to get them accomplished.  When it discovers something that works it soon finds a text to justify it, “consecrates” it to the Lord and plunges ahead…  The method works; ergo, it must be good…. What shall we do to break its power over us? The answer is simple. We must acknowledge the right of Jesus Christ to control the activities of His church.” A. W. Tozer

Pebble Toss


by Tina Olesen

A pebble tossed into a stream ripples outward, its impact more far reaching than its diminutive diameter. A small smooth stone in a little boy’s sling killed a giant. Then there’s the pebble that gets lodged in your shoe, and it regularly reminds you of its presence until you pay attention to it.

Sometimes just a few powerful words can cause us to stop in our tracks, convict us, or even give us the encouragement to go on when we are battle weary.

I collect some of these powerful “pebbles” in my travels, and so I intend to “toss” them here into the Education Current regularly!

Here’s the first “pebble toss”.




“If our children were to grow up truthful they must be taught by those who had a regard for truth; and not just a casual regard, a delicate regard. On this point we were adamant.” – Amy Carmichael


“…the work of teaching the Bible to the child is at once [the] most delicate, difficult, delightful, and dynamic that the Church is called upon to carry out. It is the greatest work that we can do in the interest of the individual, of the family, of the city, of the race. It has its immediate value, its value for the coming age, and, indeed, for all the ages.” – G. Campbell Morgan


“Jesus Christ says, ‘Except ye . . . become as little children…’ A little child is certain of its parents, but uncertain about everything else, therefore it lives a perfectly delightful healthy life.” – Oswald Chambers