"The modern-day gospel says, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.” Meanwhile, the biblical gospel says, “You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, and in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to see that you need life, much less to cause yourself to come to life. Therefore, you are radically dependent on God to do something in your life that you could never do.”"
— David Platt, Radical (via godmoves)
(Source: kschlabaugh, via jonathonwebb)
"….advice without understanding is not helpful. It is in fact a form of rejection."
— Dr. Larry Crabb, Encouragement (via tjtalks)
"I imagine Jesus going to the blind, beggars, lepers, sick, demon-possessed, and little children: and I bet he fit right in. Maybe no one could tell it was Jesus from afar, because they expected someone cleaner. I wonder if Jesus bent down on one knee to the girl with the cleft lip, touched her face, and called her beautiful. I wonder if he prayed for her right on the spot, hugged her, pulled back her hair and told her to smile. I wish I could’ve seen her light up, throw off all insecurity, and do something worthy with her life. That’s what Jesus is about. I want to be about that too."
— from this post (via jspark3000)
"The voyage into the self is long and dark and full of peril, but I believe it is a voyage all of us will have to make before we are through. Either we climb down into the abyss willingly with our eyes open, or we risk falling into it with our eyes closed - a point on which religion and psychiatry seem to agree."
— “The Hungering Dark” by Frederick Buechner
"Wherever men are still theological there is still some chance of their being logical."
— G.K. Chesterton
"Many Christians want to skip from Genesis 3 to the Gospels or Romans 3. Let’s remind ourselves of how many of us read the Bible: our plot is creation, fall and redemption. So, now that we’ve got the fall, let’s get to redemption. I like this, but there’s something missing. it is right to see the plot move from creation and fall to redemption, but how God chooses to redeem is a giant blue parakeet in the Bible for many readers. The story of the Bible is creation, fall, and then covenant community - page after page of community - as the context in which our wonderful redemption takes place… We in the Western World are obsessed with the Bible as morsels of blessings and promise and as a Rorschach inkblot… That’s not the way God wants us to read the Bible. What does God do after the fall in the Story? …God forms a covenanted community - a community in which they are to find oneness with God, with self, with others and with the world."
— Scot McKnight, PhD, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University
The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (via thepoorinspirit)
"To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us."
— Timothy Keller (via jspark3000)
"Woe to the person who smoothly, flirtatiously, commandingly, convincingly preaches some soft, sweet something which is supposed to be Christianity! Woe to the person who makes miracles reasonable. Woe to the person who betrays and breaks the mystery of faith, distorts it into public wisdom, because he takes away the possibility of offense! … Oh the time wasted in this enormous work of making Christianity so reasonable, and in trying to make it so relevant!"
— Soren Kierkegaard (via jspark3000)