Our culture is so fixated on dying and going to heaven when the whole Scripture is about heaven coming to earth.— N. T. Wright
The most inspiring N. T. Wright quotes that will activate your inner potential
If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus.
If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus. If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus. And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has him as the central character.
Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.
From where many of us in the U.K. sit, American politics is hopelessly polarized. All kinds of issues get bundled up into two great heaps. The rest of the world, today and across the centuries, simply doesn't see things in this horribly oversimplified way.
The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That's why theology and worship belong together.
Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion.
You become like what you worship
The cross is the surest, truest and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God.
When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him. Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we haven't yet really understood who he is or what he's done.
Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple.
They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.
God is the one who satisfies the passion for justice, the longing for spirituality, the hunger for relationship, the yearning for beauty. And God, the true God, is the God we see in Jesus of Nazareth, Israel's Messiah, the world's true Lord.
The whole point of the kingdom of God is Jesus has come to bear witness to the true truth, which is nonviolent. When God wants to take charge of the world, he doesn't send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek.
The point of justice and mercy anyway is not ‘they deserve it’ but ‘this is the way God’s world should be’, and we are called to do those things that truly anticipate the way God’s world WILL be.
The rule of love, I say again, is not an optional extra.
It is the very essence of what we [Christians] are about
Hope, for the Christian, is not wishful thinking or mere blind optimism.
It is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen.
True worship doesn't put on a show or make a fuss;
true worship isn't forced, isn't half-hearted, doesn't keep looking at its watch, doesn't worry what the person in the next pew is doing. True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark.
Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word. The same worldview shift that is demanded by the resurrection of Jesus is the shift that will enable us to transform the world.
Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don't light a candle in a room that's already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that's so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are.
It's partly that I'm an extrovert and that I like being with people.
If you shut me up in a library with nothing else around for weeks on end, I'd go mad! I have to sort of go out.
Jesus' death was seen by Jesus himself .
.. as the ultimate means by which God's kingdom was established. The crucifixion was the shocking answer to the prayer that God's kingdom would come on earth as in heaven.
Tolerance is a cheap, low-grade parody of love.
Tolerance is not a great virtue to aspire to. Love is much tougher and harder.
Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.
When Jesus wanted to explain to his disciples what his death was all about, he didn't give them a theory, he gave them a meal.
The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.
In the New Testament outside the Gospels and the beginning of Acts, again and again, the fact of Jesus’ resurrection is closely linked to our own ultimate resurrection, which isn’t life after death – it’s life after life after death.
Arguments about God are like pointing a flashlight toward the sky to see if the sun is shining.
Heaven is important, but its not the end of the world.
While some who downplay Christ's divinity have imagined Jesus as a great social worker 'being kind to old ladies, small dogs and little children,' orthodox Christianity has not wanted Jesus to have a political message.
Jesus himself, as the gospel story goes on to its dramatic conclusion, lives out the same message of the Sermon on the Mount: he is the light of the world, he is the salt of the earth, he loves his enemies and gives his life for them, he is lifted up on a hill so that the world can see.
You can't reconcile being pro-life on abortion and pro-death on the death penalty.
Whatever life after death is, being with Christ which is far better, being in Paradise like the thief, etc, the many rooms where we go immediately... that is the temporary place. The ultimate life after life after death is the resurrection in God's new world.
Death is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant;
resurrection does not make a covenant with death, it overthrows it.
Someone who is determinedly trying to show God how good he or she is is likely to become an insufferable prig.
Learning to live as a Christian is learning to live as a renewed human being, anticipating the eventual new creation in and with a world which is still longing and groaning for that final redemption.
Christian living means dying with Christ and rising again.
That, as we saw, is part of the meaning of baptism, the starting point of the Christian pilgrimage.
The resurrection is not an isolated supernatural oddity proving how powerful, if apparently arbitrary, God can be when he wants to. Nor is it at all a way of showing that there is indeed a heaven awaiting us after death. It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.
Deism, historically, produces atheism.
First you make God a landlord, then an absent landlord, then he becomes simply absent.
There's a great deal about Roman Catholicism that I basically disagree with.
For instance, the doctrine of Mary which... I have studied that stuff and I simply don't think that has any mileage at all biblically, theologically, and I've got some friends who are very disappointed that I say that.
Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project.
Christ's resurrection doesn't mean escaping from the world;
it means mission to the world based on Jesus's lordship over the world.
It's not great faith you need; it is faith in a great God.
Certainly Paul shares the view of the Old Testament prophets that God will one day flood the world with justice and joy - and that this has begun to be fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus.
Worship is love on its knees before the beloved;
just as mission is love on its feet to serve the beloved
I grew up in a church-going family, a very sort of ordinary, middle-of-the-road Anglican family where nobody really talked about personal Christian experience. It was just sort of assumed like an awful lot of things in the 1950's were just sort of taken for granted.
To get overprotective about particular readings of the Bible is always in danger of idolatry.
If you have never felt or known the sheer power and strength of God's love, take another look at Jesus dying on the cross.
Traditions tell us where we have come from.
Scripture itself is a better guide as to where we should now be going.
True worship doesn't keep looking at its watch.
Of course there are people who think of 'heaven' as a kind of pie-in-the-sky dream of an afterlife to make the thought of dying less awful. No doubt that's a problem as old as the human race.
I really don't care too much what the different later Christian traditions say.
My aim is to be faithful to Scripture.