Historical research, as I have tried to show in various places, by no means tells us to throw away the Gospels and substitute a quite different story of our own. It does, however, warn us that our familiar reading of those Gospels may well have to submit to serious challenges and questionings and that we may end up reading even our favorite texts in ways we had never imagined. …It takes a certain courage, of course, to be prepared to read familiar texts in new ways. It is abundantly worth it. What you lose in terms of your regular readings will be more than made up for in what you will gain.
N. T. Wright,
The Challenge of Jesus, p. 27
The Son descended that he might raise us up, he went down to corruption, that corruption might put on immortality, he became weak for us, that we might rise with power, he descended to death, that he might bestow on us immortality, and give life to the dead. Finally, he became man, that we who die as men might live again, and that death should no more reign over us.
Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If I suffer a time of spiritual aridity, of darkness and blankness, should I stop praying until new life enters my prayers? Every one of the spiritual masters insists, “No.” If I stop praying, how will I know when prayer does become alive again? And, as many Christians have discovered, the habit of not-praying is far more difficult to break than the habit of praying.
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, p. 195
The will of God never takes you to where the grace of God will not protect you.
The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.
Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting…. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.