Get QuoteDark Inspirational Quotes App
" 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. "
" A simple way to address hidden curriculum issues is to spend time talking with staff and key leaders about their spiritual lives. "
" Jesus viewed his own destiny - to be glorified in and through death - as an expression of a kind of cosmic principle: the pathway to life runs through death. "
" 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. "
" The only true and lasting inspiration for life is genuine love for God, and submitted gratitude that I get to be a part of the redemptive quest. "
" Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church. "
" Nobody lives up to the norms that God had in mind when he first created human beings. "
" Prudence is not the same thing as caution. Caution is a helpful strategy when you're crossing a minefield; it's a disaster when you're in a gold rush. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" Jesus had a universal concern for those who suffered that transcended the rules of the ancient world. "
" At the heart of Christian faith is the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. "
" 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. "
" Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done - like the kamikaze pilot who flew seventeen missions. "
" Congregations shaped by the Scriptures generally have preachers who are shaped by the Scriptures. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes in churches somebody will discover a particular vein of spirituality and seek to recruit others into it, or assume a superior position because they have found certain techniques - but no one actually wants to become like them. "
" Normally, if someone's legacy will outlast their life, it's apparent when they die. On the day when Alexander the Great, or Caesar Augustus, or Napoleon, or Socrates, or Muhammad died, their reputations were immense. When Jesus died, his tiny, failed movement appeared clearly at an end. "
" People cheer the Bible, buy the Bible, give the Bible, own the Bible - they just don't actually read the Bible. "
" The human longings that are deep inside of us never go away. They exist across cultures; they exist throughout life. When people were first made, our deepest longing was to know and be known. And after the Fall, when we all got weird, it's still our deepest longing - but it's now also our deepest fear. "
" Learning something new is a fabulous way to be refreshed. When work can grind you down, something about learning a new activity thrills the soul. It reminds you that the world is bigger than your desk and your to-do list. "
" I have always heard that you need to give yourself a long time to unplug when you do a sabbatical. I unplugged so fast I was a little concerned that I was losing brain capacity. "
" Better to be a loving person without knowing how you got there, than an expert no one can stand to be around. "
" It strikes me that presidential campaigns can often bring out the worst as well as the best in us. "
" Sin is, somehow, at the root of all human misery. Sin is what keeps us from God and from life. It is in the face of every battered woman, the cry of every neglected child, the despair of every addict, the death of every victim of every war. "
" The single dynamic that helps people be most aware of God and most experiencing the fruit of the Spirit is gratitude. "
" 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. "
" I hate how spiritual formation gets positioned as an optional pursuit for a small special interest group within the church. "
" Actually, my character needs to be questioned. On a regular basis. By people who know and love me. "
" Real spiritual authority has to do with the truth of the actual words being spoken, and the spirit of the person behind the words. Really, authority is about truth: honest-living truth. "
" The question isn't if someone will sign up for spiritual formation; it's just who and what our spirits will be formed by. "
" Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. "