“why are we so weak?” (>>)
” ‘This school and community is no place for students like you, with… your problem.’ He emphasized the words ‘your problem’ as if they were particularly loathsome and he could hardly bring himself to even refer to the ‘problem’ I had.’ (>>)
“There will not be a consumer boycott. The public will not suddenly start buying Whoppers instead of Big Macs or Apples instead of IBMs. Trust me, I’m from Nike. Nobody actually swaps brands because they heard the company did something bad. They keep on buying their favorite product at their favorite price. Yes, there is going to be a media backlash. But there is not going to be a consumer backlash.” (>>)
“My life, quite often, like many people’s lives I suppose, is not what I had hoped it would be. I am not the person I had hoped I would be. I spend so many hours and days and weeks and months and years doing things that don’t seem to be of my own choosing. I want to be a writer but I work at construction 8-10 hours a day and run errands and squander time and get depressed and squander more time and then I have commitments to others which must be kept and some of those are very rewarding but as I keep them the little time I had left to write is seeping away and I try to make time to pray and sometimes I do but it is too often rather dry and lifeless prayer and I squeeze in some scripture but not enough and some exercise but not enough and somehow I’ve been sabotaged–I got old and racked with injuries and lost most of my big bushy head of hair and the girls don’t notice me anymore, not like they used to and Young Adult Ministries has enacted age limits that exclude geezers like me from their functions and the little time I had left for writing is getting away from me and when I do try to write I often fail and my room is a mess and my files are a mess and my finances are a mess and I don’t feel up to dealing with any of it and good God how did it all turn out like this?” (>>)
“…I often find one or other of two less manageable states: either a vague feeling of guilt or a sly, and equally vague self-approval.” (>>)
“We were like strangers who knew each other very well.” (>>)
“when the road seems dreary and endless
the skies grey and threatening
when our lives have no music in them” (>>)
“There is no urgent concern for converting people in the New Testament…. There is also no urgent concern for the numerical growth of churches by the efforts of members to convert others. There are no burgeoning church programs. There are no plans to train everyone to door knock and sell Jesus. There is an urgent concern for doctrinal and personal Christ-likeness. There is a concern for leadership, integrity, honesty and obedience to Christ in our personal lives. The idea that we are here to ‘win souls’ and not to know and show God is bogus.” (>>)
“He felt sweat on his forehead. Brokers burned out sometimes; everyone knew somebody who had derailed. It was a terrifying idea, that you could lose the motivation to keep going. That everything that used to define and sustain you could collapse into meaninglessness.” (>>)
“It’s jarring to hear that propositions are not the real deal when it comes to truth, but after-the-fact descriptions of God-events in human history. We have spent hundreds of years trying to come to the right propositions about faith, and wondering why that faith often left us dry, while biblical faith seems at once so vibrant and so elusive. Perhaps it is because the biblical followers of God were not believing primarily in propositions, but walking on in the faith that had been established through God’s unfolding story.” (>>)
“The ONE Campaign seeks to give Americans a voice, to ring church bells and cell phones, on campuses and in coffee shops, for an historic pact to fight the global AIDS emergency and end extreme poverty. We believe that allocating an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food, would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation of the poorest countries. ” (>>)
“Slavery…I didn’t know about all these forms that existed. I think it’s largely because we aren’t expecting it. It is hidden. Generally people would not believe that it is possible under modern conditions. They would say ‘No, I think you are making it all up’, because it’s just too incredible…” (>>)
“There were at least 11 million Africans sold into slavery and exported to the Americas. Today, 200 years later, there are more than 20 million slaves across the world.” (>>)
Shattered Glass is a very good movie.
“When a natural discourse paints a passion or an effect, one feels within oneself the truth of what one reads, which was there before, although one did not know it. Hence one is inclined to love him who makes us feel it, for he has not shown us his own riches, but ours. And thus this benefit renders him pleasing to us, besides that such community of intellect as we have with him necessarily inclines the heart to love.” (>>)
“And sometimes I am not really sure on things, I have to admit.
My theology? No.
My interpretation of it? Not really. But sure enough to take a step of faith out into my world. How sure do you have to be? If I was absolutely certain of everything, why would I need faith.
Am I certain of the Biblical meaning of the 4th head of the second beast in the Book of Revelation? Yes! . . . i mean . . No!
Do I believe the Book of Revelation? Yes
“Job’s friends were certain of their truth, but they were certainly wrong. Job himself was not certain of why God was allowing his scabs to grow unchecked on his body but he was certain of the One in whom he believed. For what is it worth, and if anybody is listening (this will probably be dismissed and forgotten) but I am absolutely convinced, beyond doubt, in the One True God and his Son Jesus Christ. He is true and his word is truth. He died for sinners and died for me. He is my Saviour. That truth is both propositional and narrative and I believe it both ways, sideways and upwards and downwards and i am living out my life in accordance with that Truth. Dannggittt!!!! Why cant you people hear me??? Are your ears closed???? Or will you only listen to what you want to hear???
“Jesus loves me this i know
for the bible tells me so
“I believe in truth. However, I am not completely sure that my last sermon is the absolute truth. Nor do I think that these words I am writing are absolutely true, and to say that my words, or any other human construct born in the minds of men and women, are true on the same level as the Personhood of God . . . is an insult to God is who far more TRUER than anything i can come up with down here on this side of eternity where i see dimly, as if through a glass.
“[But you didn’t hear me say that. What you heard is; ‘Blah Blah blahBlah’]” (>>)
“…your vocation is the intersection where your greatest desire meets the world’s greatest need.” (>>)
“Your heart won’t heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures” (>>)