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" 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. "
" Authentic spiritual authority is what puts you in touch with reality. "
" To have my mind racing and my heart beating fast over glorious possibilities is very close to the summit of life experience for me. "
" Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church. "
" 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. "
" Evil exists. Evil is real. One of the hallmarks of evil is that it seeks to convince its victims that it exists 'out there.' "
" My wife is one of the most extroverted people I know. She could out-talk Oprah and Joyce Meyer simultaneously. "
" 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. "
" Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. "
" Skill at helping people grow spiritually, like skill at playing chess, depends on understanding and valuing differences. "
" Ghettos and barrios and abusive homes and trauma wards may produce scarred souls; they can cripple more human spirits than they strengthen. "
" Tithing is considerably less popular than words like generosity or sharing. "
" 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. "
" The church is in the hope business. "
" When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. "
" Sometimes, an inability to believe in Satan reflects a larger inability to believe in a spiritual plane at all. "
" 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. "
" A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened. "
" 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. "
" Sin is protean. It is a cancer that keeps mutating, and just when you think you have killed off one form, it turns out a deadlier strain yet is threatening your heart. "
" You can only love and be loved to the extent that you know and are known by somebody. "
" The soul is both the most fragile and most resilient thing about you; a healthy soul is what holds you together when your world falls apart. Since you will carry your soul into eternity, it's worth checking up on it at least as often as your teeth. "
" In community, we discover who we really are and how much transformation we still require. This is why I am irrevocably committed to small groups. Through them, we can accomplish our God-entrusted work to transform human beings. "
" I have given up the idea that there is an opposition-free church out there. But I have gained something else - an appreciation for the gift of opposition. When it comes, I learn something about my motives. When it comes, I get to test my courage. "
" 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. "
" It strikes me that presidential campaigns can often bring out the worst as well as the best in us. "
" In my love-challenged condition, seeing a difficulty for someone else can leave me feeling a little more smug or superior-by-comparison. "
" Congregations shaped by the Scriptures generally have preachers who are shaped by the Scriptures. "
" 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. "
" I am struck by how quickly I am prone to judgmentalism. "
" I need an inspiration that is grounded in reality while thoroughly transcendent. "