I've come to believe that God, in His wisdom, allows martyrdom in every generation in part because, without them, the reality of Christ's death for us becomes increasingly blurry... As we look at [the martyrs], the mist that sometimes enshrouds first-century Golgotha is burned away, and we see...the Lord nailed to the cross.— Mark Galli
The most relaxing Mark Galli quotes that are glad to read
The cost of discipleship is to live the life God has given us, serving in mundane ways the people he's put in our path.
To love with expectations is, in the end, an oppressive, driven thing, and people know it when they receive it. To love as God loves us--in freedom and with no strings attached--is a way to grant others a liberating gift.
The Christian life does not just evolve.
It also requires specific decisions and public commitments to deepen our faith and obedience.
Only unconditional grace can transform a hardened heart into a grateful heart.
Only a free gift can demolish any notion of quid pro quo. Only an utterly merciful act of love can fashion a new creation capable of love. As theologian Karl Barth puts it, 'As the beloved of God, we have no alternative but to love him in return.
The Good News does not hinge on words like do or change but on the powerless, irrelevant, and frightening words like belief and faith.
To paraphrase Paul, God often uses the cheesy to confound the sophisticated.
He regularly honors those who are confused about his leading as if they have nailed it.
I sometimes wonder whether our churches--living as we do in American death-denying culture, relentlessly smiling through our praise choruses--are inadvertently helping people live not as much in hope as in denial.
God's love for us is uncoerced and so freely given that it does not demand a response. But so freely is it given that it creates freedom in the recipient, so that our response is not one of obligation or duty, nor the returning of a favor, but uncoerced love.
As is typical of this God [of Israel], he calls his people into freedom in the most unlikely place.
As Wade Clark Roof noted in his study, the 'weightlessness' of contemporary belief in God is a reality...for religious liberals and many evangelicals.
This is part of what it means to become holy, to be refined by fire.
Difficulties and sufferings are God's form of hazing. Sometimes it gets so hard, we think Him cruel. But He's only looking for men and women who will keep their cool when things go horribly wrong, a people prepared to dash into burning rooms to rescue those about to be engulfed in flames.
The Old Testament does, in fact, seem to make a distinction between the life of a child and the life of a fetus.