Jesus, I believe, saw that his contemporaries were stuck in their own suicidal system, driven by their own defective framing story. He proposed a radical alternative — a profoundly new framing story that he called good news. News, of course, means a story — a story of something that has happened or is happening that you should know about. Good news, then, would mean a story that you should know about because it brings hope, healing, joy, and opportunity. Jesus was saying, in essence, "There are a lot of bad stories in our world. But I have a good story that frames the bad ones, that puts them in a new light, that says they aren’t the last word. I have a good story that offers the opportunity for healing and transformative action in our world."
Everything Must Change, p. 79
Peacemaking is a divine work. For peace means reconciliation and God is the author of peace and of reconciliation.… It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the particular blessing which attaches to peacemakers is that "they shall be called sons of God." For they are seeking to do what their Father has done, loving people with his love.
John R. W. Stott
The Message of the Sermon on the Mount
No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.
C. S. Lewis
If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
Martin Luther King Jr.
It cannot be said too often that in the New Testament, the opposite of sin is not virtue, it is faith.
Robert Farrar Capon
The Parables of Judgment
Without systematic and purposeful abandonment, an organization will be overtaken by events. It will squander its best resources on things it should never have been doing or should no longer do. As a result, it will lack the resources, especially capable people, needed to exploit the opportunities that arise. Far too few businesses are willing to slough off yesterday, and as a result, far too few have resources available for tomorrow.
There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love.
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.