quotes of the week #39

some great stuff that got me thinking this week. i hope it does the same for you...

#1 Quote of the week:
“A Christian should get very nervous when the flag and the Bible start holding hands. This is not a romance we want to encourage.” – Rob Bell, pastor & author
[yep, because we've seen that happen before and it produces one ugly baby!] 

“The best criticism of the bad has always been the practice of the better.” – Richard Rohr, Franciscan Monk

“To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.” – Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister
[great statement + he looks like a pimp or something.]

“Christians are like manure. Spread them out and they help everything else grow. But keep them in one big pile & they stink horribly.”– Francis Chan, author & pastor

The church has previously wrestled with most of our issues, and those "wrestlings" are well worth our time to explore, or we cut ourselves off from the accumulated wisdom and insight of the ages." – James White, pastor, author, & my former professor

“The society shapes the person as much as the person shapes the society.” – Lesslie Newbigin, author, pastor, missiologist, Father of the current missional movement
[right on Lesslie. they’re linked. No such thing as individualism.]

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, late German author and genius

Jesus’ invitation into the Kingdom of God was an invitation into the original universe, as it was meant to be.”– Brian McLaren, author and leader

“His (Satan's) chief lie is that self-exaltation is more to be desired than Christ exaltation.” – John Piper, pastor & author

“Words are powerful. They are life-shaping.” – Andy Stanley, pastor and author

“When you think about generosity is it always future tense?”Chris Brown, (my) pastor - Ridge Church
[great question that could tell us a lot about how truly generous we are!]