"What we need are better encouragements, ones that aren't bullshit, ones that hold up to scrutiny. And this, I think, is why we tell stories…" (>>)
"If you find God with great ease, perhaps it is not God that you have found." (>>)
"God of life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
are heavy on our shoulders and weigh us down,
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies grey and threatening,
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light, we beg you,
turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise." (>>)
"Charity functions to keep the wealthy sane. Tithes, tax-exempt donations, and short-term mission trips, while they accomplish some good, also function as outlets that allow wealthy Christians to pay off their consciences while avoiding a revolution of lifestyle. People do their time in a social program or distribute food and clothes through organizations which take their excess. That way, they never actually have to face the poor and give their clothes, their food, their beds. Wealthy Christians never actually have to be with poor people, with Christ in disguise." (>>)
"It is a leap of faith to imagine that other people are actually people and not some kind of complicated experiment, but it's a leap of faith that makes a lot of sense." (>>)
"The greatest thing about having a child is putting yourself second in your own life. It's a massive gift to be able to say that you're not the most important person to yourself."
"Why is that a good thing?"
"Because that's always gonna let you down, you know what I mean? The idea that 'I've gotta get me right, I've gotta get what I want'; that's never gonna quite work, you know? Life just isn't that satisfying. But if you can be useful to somebody else, that you can actually accomplish. You can go, 'I did a pretty damn good job today as a dad. Pretty good, best as I could'; that's worth so much more. (>>)