"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."
"Though your eyes may stray or your heart be distracted, make sure you always stay rooted in Christ. Your desires may not be bad, but they can be misleading, for now. It is often with heartbreak that we must look back to Christ, but we must remember that He will take us in His arms and whisper “I know what you desire and how it beckons you with each morning, but I do too, I am the desire of desires and all your wants shall be made new in Me and by Me. One day, you will find this love that you search for, but for now, I am all that you will ever need.” and with that reassurance and love from Christ, we shall be made new."
"I’m starting to find that everyone’s Christian faith is utterly, uniquely different. Not so different on loving Jesus and loving people — but the way we wrestle through doctrine by strict academia or by poetic reflection, how we sing at the top of our lungs or in quiet osmosis, how some of us pray at sunrise in a pew or at three a.m. on a beach, how some of us are dying to journal or would rather die than journal, how our political tensions clash so broadly and brutally, how one forgives so quickly and the other is bitter indefinitely, how some of us are strong in faith or we’re faith-weaklings, how we each hold onto quirks like Bible translations and worship genres and preaching styles, how we like to gather in crowds of thousands or a group of a dozen.
There’s no need to fight over these things. No need to accuse another of being wrong, or to try to be better than the ‘other’ church, or to recast the same mold. We are so many shades of an endless jewel, a glorious community of unified diversity fueled by the endless imagination of God. I hope we don’t dash ourselves on our personalities. There is room for you and for me in this Body."
"…Poverty wasn’t created by God. God didn’t mess up and make too many people or not enough stuff. Poverty was created by us because we really haven’t lived into His vision of loving our neighbor as ourselves and of really understanding that someone else’s suffering needs to be mine and it demands something of us. When you have a massive disparity between the rich and the poor, that is unsustainable."
Ahhhh! I just just just accepted a full-time position in Minneapolis where I will be working at an emergency shelter and also with youth that have just been placed with child protection services! I realize that it’s going to be intense, but I. CAN’T. WAIT.
"My wife and I have come to the realization that the only way our marriage will last “until death do us part” is with constant and relentless pursuit, no matter the time and day. This means that we encourage ourselves to treat every day like its Valentine’s Day."
"You don’t get to tell people how to love you; you get to choose whether or not you want to participate in the way they love. But you’ve got to be loving to them in order to see how they love you back, and that gives you the choice."