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" 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. "
" When I teach the formal curriculum, I have the chance to think about it ahead of time. I can rehearse it. I can illustrate it with self-deprecating humor and humble-sounding personal disclosure. I can try to make it comes out just right. "
" In my love-challenged condition, seeing a difficulty for someone else can leave me feeling a little more smug or superior-by-comparison. "
" The hurried can become unhurried. But it will not happen by trying alone, nor will it happen instantly. You will have to enter a life of training. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" God has decided, for his own good reasons, that people are not transformed outside of community. "
" Authentic spiritual authority is what puts you in touch with reality. "
" Amusement is a way of boredom-avoidance through external stimulation that fails to exercise our minds. It's mere diversion. "
" I'm not sure ministry can ever have the urgency it requires if it is not aware of evil, both externally and internally. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There are usually multiple messages that could be preached from the same text. "
" I am struck by how quickly I am prone to judgmentalism. "
" A simple way to address hidden curriculum issues is to spend time talking with staff and key leaders about their spiritual lives. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" We all want to feel spiritually vigorous, and we hurt when we don't. This pain is intensified for people who lead church ministries. "
" Love of learning led to monasteries, which became the cradle of academic guilds. "
" To have my mind racing and my heart beating fast over glorious possibilities is very close to the summit of life experience for me. "
" Churches can become places of cynicism, resistance, and pessimism. "
" 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. "
" I need an inspiration that is grounded in reality while thoroughly transcendent. "
" Prudence is foresight and far-sightedness. It's the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The church is in the hope business. "
" 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. "
" In the context of worship, amusement is a waste of time and a waste of life, and therefore a form of sin. "
" 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. "
" When people feel they're getting to speak into what's being preached, there is high built-in motivation to participate. "