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" 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. "
" Nobody lives up to the norms that God had in mind when he first created human beings. "
" Tithing is a bad ceiling but an excellent floor. "
" Prudence is what makes someone a great commodities trader - the capacity to face reality squarely in the eye without allowing emotion or ego to get in the way. It's what is needed by every quarterback or battlefield general. "
" Opposition is an inevitable reality of pastoral life. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" To have my mind racing and my heart beating fast over glorious possibilities is very close to the summit of life experience for me. "
" The day people around me stop questioning my character is the day my character begins to grow vulnerable. "
" 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. "
" I hate how hard spiritual transformation is and how long it takes. I hate thinking about how many people have gone to church for decades and remain joyless or judgmental or bitter or superior. "
" I don't have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else's lap doesn't just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" 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. "
" Love of learning led to monasteries, which became the cradle of academic guilds. "
" We call an obsession with having someone's approval 'co-dependency;' the Bible's word for it is idolatry. A country can be an idol. A family can be an idol. "
" The single dynamic that helps people be most aware of God and most experiencing the fruit of the Spirit is gratitude. "
" 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. "
" Better to be a loving person without knowing how you got there, than an expert no one can stand to be around. "
" Death is the prerequisite to resurrection, the new life God intends. "
" People cheer the Bible, buy the Bible, give the Bible, own the Bible - they just don't actually read the Bible. "
" In the context of worship, amusement is a waste of time and a waste of life, and therefore a form of sin. "
" 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. "
" The church is in the hope business. "