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" 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. "
" 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. "
" Those of us who preach the Scriptures, along with being nourished by it ourselves, have to figure out along with our congregations how we can incarnate the gospel in our community, or we will preach to a religious ghetto. "
" Nobody lives up to the norms that God had in mind when he first created human beings. "
" There are dozens of references to God in the Scriptures for every one to the figure of Satan. This reflects a sometimes forgotten theological truth that the devil is by no means God's counterpart. He is a creature, not the Creator. "
" When people feel they're getting to speak into what's being preached, there is high built-in motivation to participate. "
" 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. "
" Tithing is like training wheels when it comes to giving. It's intended to help you get started, but not recommended for the Tour de France. "
" I am struck by how quickly I am prone to judgmentalism. "
" We all want to feel spiritually vigorous, and we hurt when we don't. This pain is intensified for people who lead church ministries. "
" Congregations shaped by the Scriptures generally have preachers who are shaped by the Scriptures. "
" 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. "
" Evil exists. Evil is real. One of the hallmarks of evil is that it seeks to convince its victims that it exists 'out there.' "
" Prudence is not hesitation, procrastination, or moderation. It is not driving in the middle of the road. It is not the way of ambivalence, indecision, or safety. "
" 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. "
" What influences our behavior, and what our level of responsibility is, are very complex issues. And anytime we try to make this simplistic, we don't serve people well. "
" My main job is to live with deep contentment, joy, and confidence in my everyday experience of life with God. Everything else is job number two. "
" The question isn't if someone will sign up for spiritual formation; it's just who and what our spirits will be formed by. "
" 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. "
" My wife is one of the most extroverted people I know. She could out-talk Oprah and Joyce Meyer simultaneously. "
" I know that those of us who go into church work are to regard ourselves as servants, are to offer our lives as a gift. "
" Preaching a series allows you to go into greater depth in the text, and spending several weeks on one theme allows the teaching to be absorbed more thoroughly. "
" When preaching is done right, it can change lives. When it's done badly, my failure goes beyond the merely human. "
" Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church. "
" I wrote 'Soul Keeping' because we are taught more about how to care for our cars than how to steward our souls. But you cannot have an impactful life with an impoverished soul. "
" Prudence is foresight and far-sightedness. It's the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects. "
" There are usually multiple messages that could be preached from the same text. "
" I am a political junkie. During a presidential campaign, I will often buy a couple of newspapers a day just to keep up. "
" When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. "
" We do not need answers or formulas to minister in crisis. "