“When you play my song
play it slowly
play it like Iâ€™m sad and lonely” (>>) [MP3]
“When you play my song
“but you came so close and i assumed
you were looking for the piece of yourself that’s lost…” (>>) [MP3]
“It seems to me that this call to communal spiritual formation challenges us to reimagine the gospel itself. Perhaps the challenges of living the dreams of God in the post-industrial world go beyond methodology problems. Perhaps we have been propagating a limited message, reducing biblical authors to sound bytes that cut the gospel message into so many pieces that we are left with little more than statements of what we believe rather than the broader story of how we are to enter into God’s story through a life lived in faith.” (>>)
“If we do not pray for something, will it not happen? Or is prayer a mode of communication between our soul and its creator? If this is true, should we pray in public? Would you put your phone on speaker when you are talking to the one you love?” (>>)
“It’s just that everyone’s interest is stronger than mine” (>>) [MP3]
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something–a throught, a feeling, a word, a way of looking at things–that you’d thought was special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met; maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” (>>)
“Your longing for God is so deep and yet He keeps Himself away from you… He must be forcing Himself to do so â€” because he loves you so much â€” the personal love Christ has for you is infinite â€” The Small difficulty you have re His Church is finite â€” Overcome the finite with the infinite.” (>>)
“Over and over, Jesus reached into the lives of people like that preacher. The last, lost, least, losers. The unacceptable, the unreformable. The failures and the frauds. Those whose lives could not be tidied up with a little cultural religion. And from that, we have constructed a Jesus who prefers the ‘good Christian.’ A Jesus who wants moralizing and religious superficiality. A Jesus who hardly needs to die for us, because a little exhortation to do better and keep on the straight and narrow are more our style. A Jesus without a cross, but with smiles and blessings for our homes and marriages full of ‘Christian moral values.’ ” (>>)
“If our Catholic friends were charging $50 to come to a mass at the local stadium, weâ€™d all be shocked, but the major CCM groups make millions from tours and record sales. Even Osteen sells seats to hear his vapid talks. Tetzel was the bad guy in the reformation, but itâ€™s among evangelicals that Paula White, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyer proliferate and profit from the devotion of the Christian public; all because they promise genuine spiritual experience.
“I havenâ€™t seen any Catholic teachers openly promising a dollar return on your financial giving lately. Evangelicals have enough such con-artists posing as ministries to fill several television channels. I loathe indulgences, but Iâ€™ll take them over the promise to get rich by way of Jesus.
“It is among evangelicals that one can write literally endless books promising more, more, more and more spiritual experience. We are Experiencing God, but we still want Our Best Life Now and our Purpose Driven Life courtesy of the Prayer of Jabez. We all know the next 7 easy steps to Being a Better You is in the mail.
“Christian consumerism is just one witness to the state of our spirituality. There are many others. Ministerial burnout. Pornography addiction. Divorce. Prayerlessness. Church hopping. Sexual promiscuity. Rampant materialism. Pastoral turnover. Addiction to fashion, sports, pets, opinions. Hours spent in front of video game screens, staring at web sites, reading MySpace, talking to our friends on the cell, saying nothing.
“And then weâ€™ll go to church on Sunday and hear the minister say the LOST are living empty lives and donâ€™t have the joy of the Lord. Itâ€™s a good thing the few lost folks in our churches are too polite not to laugh out loud.” (>>)