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All Quotes by author - John Ortberg
" A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened. "
" Actually, my character needs to be questioned. On a regular basis. By people who know and love me. "
" A healthy soul is whole and integrated. It is connected to God. A person with a healthy soul is at peace with God, with himself, and with other people. "
" Although the church has often been far too slow to follow his lead, Jesus' insistence that women, as well as men, bear the full image of God has had a way of sparking reform movements across the centuries. "
" Amusement is a way of boredom-avoidance through external stimulation that fails to exercise our minds. It's mere diversion. "
" Art is built on the deepest themes of human meaning: good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death, love and hate. No other story has incarnated those themes more than the story of Jesus. "
" As a preacher, my charge is to proclaim the message of the Scriptures. To help the people in my congregation become a people of the book. I love getting to do this. "
" As a preacher who is fully human, and clearly not divine, I can't speak as Jesus did. But I do seek to speak truth that carries weight and authority. All of us who preach the gospel aspire to speak under the authority of Jesus. "
" A simple way to address hidden curriculum issues is to spend time talking with staff and key leaders about their spiritual lives. "
" As much as we complain about it, though, there's part of us that is drawn to a hurried life. It makes us feel important. It keeps the adrenaline pumping. It means I don't have to look too closely at my heart or life. It keeps us from feeling our loneliness. "
" At the heart of Christian faith is the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. "
" Authentic spiritual authority is what puts you in touch with reality. "
" Authority can be faked. That's why impersonating a police officer is a crime. Sometimes the outward appearances of authority can be deceiving. "
" Being deeply contented with God in my everyday life is a focused attitude. It is always available. It means practicing letting go of my obsession with how I'm doing. It means training myself to learn to actually be present with people, and seeking to love them. "
" Better to be a loving person without knowing how you got there, than an expert no one can stand to be around. "
" Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. "
" Churches can become places of cynicism, resistance, and pessimism. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" Congregations shaped by the Scriptures generally have preachers who are shaped by the Scriptures. "
" Death is the prerequisite to resurrection, the new life God intends. "
" Evil exists. Evil is real. One of the hallmarks of evil is that it seeks to convince its victims that it exists 'out there.' "
" Far more books get written about how to get more people in your church than how to get the people already in your church to have more humility and sincere love. "
" For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them. "
" From ancient times, the core idea of the soul is the soul is the capacity to integrate different functions into a single being or into a single person. The soul is what holds us all together: what connects our will and our minds and our bodies and connects us to God. "
" Ghettos and barrios and abusive homes and trauma wards may produce scarred souls; they can cripple more human spirits than they strengthen. "
" God has decided, for his own good reasons, that people are not transformed outside of community. "
" God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure - people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith and good character. "
" Gratitude is what we radiate when we experience grace, and the soul was made to run on grace the way a 747 runs on rocket fuel. "
" I am a political junkie. During a presidential campaign, I will often buy a couple of newspapers a day just to keep up. "
" I am struck by how quickly I am prone to judgmentalism. "
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