Dr. Karl Barth was one of the most complexly brilliant men of the twentieth century. Thousands of people flocked to hear him speak. He wrote massive volumes as part of a series called Church Dogmatics, full of profound words about the meaning of life. He was a greatly admired and revered man. He was even called "the most outstanding and consistently evangelical theologian that the world has seen in modern times." He spent his entire life learning everything he could.
Once, when Barth was lecturing at Princeton Theological Seminary, a student asked him, "Dr Barth, can you summarize the theological meaning of the millions of words in the Church Dogmatics?"
Dr Barth thought for a moment before replying simply, "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."
This renowned man truly understood the heart of the gospel. I love this story because it shows the great beauty, and yet the great simplicity, of our faith.