- A live heresy is far better than a dead orthodoxy.
- Our worst condemnation is not that we have sinned, but that we have refused to be saved from our sin.
- you do not understand Christ till you understand His cross,
- The Cross of Christ, the infinite wonder of it – we have got to learn that.
- The love of God forgave sin before we sinned, and slew the Lamb before the world was.
- The very nature of our faith in Christ is union with him.
- Society is hopeless except for the Church. And the Church has nothing to live on but the Cross that faces and overcomes the world.
- The preacher must not be afraid of paradox. It is his dread of paradox, his addiction to the obvious, that so often makes him a bore.
- The ideal minister (lol) is three things at least. He is prophet, and he is pastor, but he is just as much priest. What he is not is king.
- The truth is not with the right, nor with the left, nor in the middle, but in the heights.
- Now if Christ’s Cross means anything it means the destruction of evil everywhere and forever. The work of the Cross is not done while there is a single soul unwon to the mastery of Christ and uninfected by His Spirit. . . . If we believe in the Cross then we believe there will come a time when evil shall everywhere cease and sin no longer be.
- The church will be for the world just what it is made by its theology of the cross.
- The minister may talk the silliest platitudes without resentment, but he may not smoke a cigar in some places without causing an explosion!
- I beg you to realise [the forgiving grace of God in Christ], to arrest yourself, to compel yourself to stand still long enough in the hurry of interests, the press of pursuits, and the buzz of things, to take the fact and its meaning in.
- In grace God has forgiven the world.
- I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery.
A saint is not someone who is good but someone who experiences the goodness of God.
We even refuse to be our true self with God- and then wonder why we lack intimacy with him.
Put bluntly, the American church today accepts grace in theory but denies it in practice. We say we believe that the fundamental structure of reality is grace, not works – but our lives refute our faith.
Grace is upside-down, to-do-list wrecking, scandalous and way-too free. It’s one-way love.
- Grace is thickly counter-intuitive. It feels risky and unfair. It’s dangerous and disorderly. It wrestles control out of our hands. It is wild and unsettling. It turns everything that makes sense to us upside-down and inside-out.
Even those of us who have tasted the radical saving grace of God find it intuitively difficult not to put conditions on grace.
- The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears,’ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates the stress and depression of everyday life.
- When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are and what we do and not by who Christ is and what he did for us, we miss the gospel – and we, ironically, become more disobedient.
- When you don’t have anything to lose, you discover something wonderful: you’re free to take great risks without fear or reservation.
- Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.
- The law is God’s first word; the gospel is God’s final word.
- Don’t get me wrong – what we do is important. But it is infinitely less important than what Jesus has done for us.
- Contrary to popular assumptions, the Bible is not a record of the blessed good, but rather the blessed bad. That’s not a typo. The Bible is a record of the blessed bad. The Bible is not a witness to the best people making it up to God; it’s a witness to God making it down to the worst people.
- The Gospel announces that Jesus came to acquit the guilty. He came to judge and be judged in our place. Christ came to satisfy the deep judgment against us once and for all so that we could be free from the judgement of God, others, and ourselves.
- Contrary to what we conclude naturally, the gospel is not too good to be true. It is true! It’s the truest truth in the entire universe. No strings attached! No fine print to read. No buts. No conditions. No qualifications. No footnotes. And especially, no need for balance.
- The gospel announces that God doesn’t relate to us based on our feats for Jesus, but Jesus’ feats for us.
My observation of Christendom is that most of us tend to base our relationship with God on our performance instead of on His grace.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW– What a Ride! –Unknown
- When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus ― Corrie ten Boom
Pray, and let God worry. –Martin Luther
No matter what argument you make against evolution, the response is Well, you know, it’s possible to believe in evolution and believe in God. Yes, and it’s possible to believe in Spiderman and believe in God, but that doesn’t prove Spiderman is true. –Ann Coulter
You can’t know, you can only believe – or not. ― C.S. Lewis
- Winners take imperfect action while losers are still perfecting the plan. –Gina Graves
- There’s a war between people who are trying to do something and the people who are trying to keep them from doing something wrong. –Tom Peters
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. –Douglas Adams
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. –George Eliot
If you limit your choices to what seems possible or reasonable you disconnect yourself from what you truly want and all thats left is compromise. Robert Fritz
I make a decision. If I make the wrong decision then I make another one. –Dave Ramsey
- I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. –Pablo Picasso
- If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. –Albert Einstein
- God does not have a hair trigger. He would have pulled it when mockers crucified Jesus. –Wayne Jacobson
- God of religion is stingy. –Wayne Jacobson