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" 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. "
" Jesus' life as a foot-washing servant would eventually lead to the adoption of humility as a widely admired virtue. "
" 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. "
" I am a political junkie. During a presidential campaign, I will often buy a couple of newspapers a day just to keep up. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" God has decided, for his own good reasons, that people are not transformed outside of community. "
" 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. "
" Authority can be faked. That's why impersonating a police officer is a crime. Sometimes the outward appearances of authority can be deceiving. "
" I am struck by how quickly I am prone to judgmentalism. "
" Normally, if someone's legacy will outlast their life, it's apparent when they die. On the day when Alexander the Great, or Caesar Augustus, or Napoleon, or Socrates, or Muhammad died, their reputations were immense. When Jesus died, his tiny, failed movement appeared clearly at an end. "
" Although the church has often been far too slow to follow his lead, Jesus' insistence that women, as well as men, bear the full image of God has had a way of sparking reform movements across the centuries. "
" Jesus had a universal concern for those who suffered that transcended the rules of the ancient world. "
" People with the strongest and healthiest sense of calling are not obsessed with their calling. They are preoccupied with the Caller. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We do not need answers or formulas to minister in crisis. "
" The question isn't if someone will sign up for spiritual formation; it's just who and what our spirits will be formed by. "
" At the heart of Christian faith is the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. "
" The day people around me stop questioning my character is the day my character begins to grow vulnerable. "
" 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. "
" The most important criterion is this: hire someone whose character and humility and attitude you would like to have reproduced in your church and in yourself. "
" 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. "
" There are usually multiple messages that could be preached from the same text. "
" 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. "
" A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened. "
" The church is in the hope business. We, of all people, ought to be known most for our hope because our hope is founded on something deeper than human ability or wishful thinking. "
" Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. "
" 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. "
" The New Testament doesn't present Jesus as a single man to cover up his humanity. It presents him as a single man because... he was a single man. "