“Sense a need for a voice and vocabulary that will not only reach the saintsthe brethren and the fundamentalistsit must be that I can learn to speak fresh words startlingly enough to rouse them. But for the modernist, I must have terms so well defined and blunt as to maintain the similitude of absolute truth (not mere orthodoxy). While for the world, I must have words common enough, simple enough, yet profound enough, to couch divine things. So that my vocabulary must become complex; primarily it must be startling (alive and explosive), exact and simple.”

Taken from The Journals of Jim Elliot, p. 166. Emphasis in original.

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