#1 Quote of the week:
“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” – Anne Lamot, author [you might hate to admit it, but you know it's true!]
“I think of Jesus in His parables. He seems more interested in stirring curiosity than in completely satisfying it—in making people hungry and thirsty for more rather than making them feel complacently stuffed. Perhaps that’s how it should be.” – Brian McLaren, author, former pastor, activist [wow. maybe so, Brian...]
“The truth must dazzle gradually/ Or every man be blind.” – Emily Dickinson, 19th century poet [This makes so much sense to me now after years of pursuing it...]
“The American Church is a difficult place to fit in if you want to live out New Testament Christianity.” – Francis Chan, pastor & author [kind of ironic & unfortunately true...]
“As I read the Scriptures about how the last will be first, I started wondering why I was working so hard to be first.” – Shane Claiborne, author & ordinary radical
“Regrettably, we've made it acceptable to sit in church week after week & do nothing & still call yourself a ‘Christian’." - Ed Stetzer, research & church planting guru + author [something's wrong with that, right?]
“Through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder.
Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth.
Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate.
Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.” – MLK, late pastor & leader
"Most of the church tries to fit the Mission of the Gospel into their life instead of rearranging their life around the Mission." - Jeff Vanderstelt, church planting leader
“I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast understands the complexity of me.” – Donald Miller, author... from his newest book
“The greatest freedom in the world is having nothing to prove.” – Mark Batterson, pastor & author
“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do.” – Leroy Eims, author & director of Navigators