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" When someone is in crisis, don't start by teaching, leveraging, or explaining. Just be with. "
" Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. "
" 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. "
" Being deeply contented with God in my everyday life is a focused attitude. It is always available. It means practicing letting go of my obsession with how I'm doing. It means training myself to learn to actually be present with people, and seeking to love them. "
" People cheer the Bible, buy the Bible, give the Bible, own the Bible - they just don't actually read the Bible. "
" 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. "
" To have my mind racing and my heart beating fast over glorious possibilities is very close to the summit of life experience for me. "
" A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened. "
" 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. "
" Spiritual formation is for everyone. Just as there is an 'outer you' that is being formed and shaped all the time, like it or not, by accident or on purpose, so there is an 'inner you.' You have a spirit. And it's constantly being shaped and tugged at: by what you hear and watch and say and read and think and experience. "
" Churches need to figure out how they will address the spiritual lives of their staffs and leadership teams. "
" I am struck by how quickly I am prone to judgmentalism. "
" Jesus is why women have traveled continents, spent decades learning a strange language so they could translate the Gospel, planting churches, caring for the sick, educating the illiterate, and marching for the oppressed. "
" Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church. "
" 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. "
" Tithing is considerably less popular than words like generosity or sharing. "
" Jesus had a universal concern for those who suffered that transcended the rules of the ancient world. "
" For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them. "
" 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. "
" Tithing is like training wheels when it comes to giving. It's intended to help you get started, but not recommended for the Tour de France. "
" Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. "
" The human longings that are deep inside of us never go away. They exist across cultures; they exist throughout life. When people were first made, our deepest longing was to know and be known. And after the Fall, when we all got weird, it's still our deepest longing - but it's now also our deepest fear. "
" In my love-challenged condition, seeing a difficulty for someone else can leave me feeling a little more smug or superior-by-comparison. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Congregations shaped by the Scriptures generally have preachers who are shaped by the Scriptures. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We do not need answers or formulas to minister in crisis. "
" The toppling of idols - even respectable, admired, best-practice, fastest-growing idols - is always the road to liberation. "
" 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. "