When you forgive somebody, when you are generous, when you withhold judgment, when you love and when you stand up to injustice, you are, in that moment, bringing heaven to earth.— Rob Bell
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Because with every action, comment, conversation, we have the choice to invite Heaven or Hell to Earth.
Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.
Times change. God doesn’t, but times do. We learn and grow, and the world around us shifts, and the Christian faith is alive only when it is listening, morphing, innovating, letting go of whatever has gotten in the way of Jesus and embracing whatever will help us be more and more the people God wants us to be.
opening up your soul to someone, letting them into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams ... that is being naked.
Well, I affirm orthodox Christian faith.
I affirm the Nicene Creed. I don't think I'm doing anything terribly new.
Agape doesn't love somebody because they're worthy.
Agape makes them worthy by the strength and power of its love. Agape doesn't love somebody because they're beautiful. Agape loves in such a way that it makes them beautiful.
This breath, and this moment, and this life is a gift and we are all in this together. We all have countless choices every day to close down or stand up straight and open up, and take a big breath and say YES to the gift.
If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.
The vibrant, real historic Christian faith is very wide and leaves lots and lots of room for varying perspectives. It's very diverse and wide, that's part of it's strength, life and vibrancy.
It takes quite a spine to turn the other cheek.
It takes phenomenal fortitude to love your enemy. It takes firm resolve to pray for those who persecute you. (with reference to Matthew 5)
Your deepest, darkest sins and your shameful secrets are simply irrelevant when it comes to the counterintuitive, ecstatic announcement of the gospel. So are your goodness, your rightness, your church attendance, and all of the wise, moral, mature decisions you have made and actions you have taken.
My experience is that lots of people go to church, sing the songs, tell the story, etc but have profound ambivalence about God.
The historical orthodox Christian faith is extremely wide and diverse.
Your life is a gift and how you respond to it - what you do with it matters. That's where I start.
When the female voice is repressed and stifled, the entire community can easily find themselves cut off from the sacred feminine, depriving themselves of the full image of god.
If anybody didn't have a messiah complex, it was Jesus.
I have been told that I need to believe in Jesus.
Which is a good thing. But what I am learning is that Jesus believes in me.
Many of the most significant moments in our lives come not because it all went right but because it all fell apart
When the lab rats hear the bell ringing, they freeze.
That's what fear does to you - fear stops you dead in your tracks. Fear can keep you from harm, but fear can also rob you of your potential. Fear can rob you of an experience. Fear can rob you of happiness. Fear can rob you of real life... Darkness has a way of scaring us.
The great German scholar Helmut Thielicke once said that a person who speaks to this hour’s need will always be skirting the edge of heresy, but only the person who risks those heresies can gain the truth.
The Christian faith is mysterious to the core.
It is about things and beings that ultimately can't be put into words. Language fails. And if we do definitively put God into words, we have at that very moment made God something God is not.
If the gospel isn't good news for everybody, then it isn't good news for anybody.
For Jesus, heaven and hell were present realities.
Ways of living we can enter into here and now. He talked very little of the life beyond this one.
To say it again, eternal life is less about a kind of time that starts when we die, and more about a quality and vitality of life now in connection to God. Eternal life doesn't start when we die; it starts now. It's not about a life that begins at death; it's about experiencing the kind of life now that can endure and survive even death.
I believe our world desperately needs Good News.
God is bigger than the Christian faith.
Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two—love and controlling power over the other person—are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.
Whether we are reading the Bible for the first time or standing in a field in Israel next to a historian and an archaeologist and a scholar, the Bible meets us where we are. That is what truth does
I think what's happened in the modern world, there's a lot of people that sound very smart and it's very compelling and alluring, but it leaves you empty.
Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God made you to be.
And anything else you do is sin and you need to repent of it.
I believe that God is love. I believe that Jesus came to show us this love, to give us this love, to teach us about this love, so that we could live in this love and extend it to others.
The cross is God taking on flesh and blood and saying, Me too.
That may sound a big vague, but what has struck me in city after city is that despite our differences and diversity, there's a common humanity we all share. In many ways we're all searching and longing for the same things.
It is better to be fully present and rested and engaged for one thing than rushed, distracted, and scattered for ten.
Look at the size of the universe and look at what we're discovering about string theory. There's a wide-eyed sense of we're just getting started here.
For many people, God is primitive, behind, trying to drag everything back to some prehistoric era as opposed to spirit, force, love, drawing us into a better future, which to me is - that story has done something in me and I've seen it do things in other people.
It's absolutely crucial that we come face to face with the power of our choices.
A good sermon is going to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.
It inspires you. It provokes you. It should make your soul soar.
I embrace the term 'evangelical,' if by that we mean a belief that we together can actually work for change in the world, caring for the environment, extending to the poor generosity and kindness, a hopeful outlook. That's a beautiful sort of thing.
Before anything else, you have received breath - the gift of life itself.
The first word about you is GIFT.
You want people who are both great fans and supporters and believers of your work and people who are also ruthlessly honest. People who will tell you the truth about it. Over the years I've picked up some friends and I know who to show what to and they'll give me the proper read.
We need to return to the simplicity that God is love.
Resurrection is a belief and hope in restoring this world.
We need a childlike trust that God is good.
.. ultimately we are OK. That is a simple, beautiful pure thing that can be complicated ferociously by all sorts of intellectual categories.
Creating and sharing beautiful things has provided me with the inspiration that we can do things we never thought we could do and that we will get to see wonderful things we never thought we would see.
On the Sabbath- we are reminded that we are not human doings, but human beings.
Often the people most concerned about others going to hell when they die seem less concerned with the hells on earth right now, while the people most concerned with the hells on earth right now seem the least concerned about hell after death.
We embrace truth wherever we find it from whoever says it however we come across it. It's a big beautiful exotic heartbreaking mysterious world we live in and it's our home and we get to explore and learn and affirm truth wherever we find it.
Two of the most powerful words you can hear someone say are ‘me too.’