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" Sin is very important to the soul because sin is what disintegrates the soul; it's what attacks the soul. Sin kind of is to the soul what cancer is to the body. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Better to be a loving person without knowing how you got there, than an expert no one can stand to be around. "
" Learning something new is a fabulous way to be refreshed. When work can grind you down, something about learning a new activity thrills the soul. It reminds you that the world is bigger than your desk and your to-do list. "
" God has decided, for his own good reasons, that people are not transformed outside of community. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church. "
" 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 am a political junkie. During a presidential campaign, I will often buy a couple of newspapers a day just to keep up. "
" The church is in the hope business. "
" We do not need answers or formulas to minister in crisis. "
" Jesus had a universal concern for those who suffered that transcended the rules of the ancient world. "
" Evil exists. Evil is real. One of the hallmarks of evil is that it seeks to convince its victims that it exists 'out there.' "
" The toppling of idols - even respectable, admired, best-practice, fastest-growing idols - is always the road to liberation. "
" This much I have learned: human beings come with very different sets of wiring, different interests, different temperaments, different learning styles, different gifts, different temptations. These differences are tremendously important in the spiritual formation of human beings. "
" 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. "
" You can only love and be loved to the extent that you know and are known by somebody. "
" A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened. "
" When preaching is done right, it can change lives. When it's done badly, my failure goes beyond the merely human. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Prudence is foresight and far-sightedness. It's the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects. "
" 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. "
" We all want to feel spiritually vigorous, and we hurt when we don't. This pain is intensified for people who lead church ministries. "
" Tithing is a bad ceiling but an excellent floor. "
" There are usually multiple messages that could be preached from the same text. "
" When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. "