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" 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. "
" Sometimes, an inability to believe in Satan reflects a larger inability to believe in a spiritual plane at all. "
" The question isn't if someone will sign up for spiritual formation; it's just who and what our spirits will be formed by. "
" 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. "
" When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Some leaders are not intimidated by opposition; they actually thrive on it. It wakes them up. It energizes them. It calls them to battle. It causes them to mobilize their thoughts and energy. "
" 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. "
" Amusement is a way of boredom-avoidance through external stimulation that fails to exercise our minds. It's mere diversion. "
" 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. "
" The irony is that 'looking down on everybody else' is a violation of the law of love, which, according to Jesus, is the absolute essence of righteousness. "
" 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. "
" Actually, my character needs to be questioned. On a regular basis. By people who know and love me. "
" Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. "
" I need an inspiration that is grounded in reality while thoroughly transcendent. "
" No one wants pain. Not even long-time, mature Christians who want to grow. We will always find ways to avoid pain. Pain itself is a bad thing. "
" Ghettos and barrios and abusive homes and trauma wards may produce scarred souls; they can cripple more human spirits than they strengthen. "
" 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. "
" A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened. "
" The toppling of idols - even respectable, admired, best-practice, fastest-growing idols - is always the road to liberation. "
" 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. "
" Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard all began as Jesus-inspired efforts to love God with all ones' mind. "
" God has decided, for his own good reasons, that people are not transformed outside of community. "
" 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. "
" My wife is one of the most extroverted people I know. She could out-talk Oprah and Joyce Meyer simultaneously. "
" Death is the prerequisite to resurrection, the new life God intends. "
" Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" Better to be a loving person without knowing how you got there, than an expert no one can stand to be around. "
" Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church. "