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" 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. "
" Sin is, somehow, at the root of all human misery. Sin is what keeps us from God and from life. It is in the face of every battered woman, the cry of every neglected child, the despair of every addict, the death of every victim of every war. "
" At the heart of Christian faith is the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. "
" 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. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" Tithing is a bad ceiling but an excellent floor. "
" 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. "
" 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 need an inspiration that is grounded in reality while thoroughly transcendent. "
" Actually, my character needs to be questioned. On a regular basis. By people who know and love me. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard all began as Jesus-inspired efforts to love God with all ones' mind. "
" My wife is one of the most extroverted people I know. She could out-talk Oprah and Joyce Meyer simultaneously. "
" 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. "
" When preaching is done right, it can change lives. When it's done badly, my failure goes beyond the merely human. "
" 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. "
" Congregations shaped by the Scriptures generally have preachers who are shaped by the Scriptures. "
" 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. "
" Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We all want to feel spiritually vigorous, and we hurt when we don't. This pain is intensified for people who lead church ministries. "
" Jesus' life as a foot-washing servant would eventually lead to the adoption of humility as a widely admired virtue. "
" Skill at helping people grow spiritually, like skill at playing chess, depends on understanding and valuing differences. "
" 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. "
" Nobody lives up to the norms that God had in mind when he first created human beings. "
" We do not need answers or formulas to minister in crisis. "