fitting in isn’t always a virtue

“It is no measure of success to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

— J. Krishnamurti

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the first feeble, stumbling effort

“He who will, in the long run, be satisfied with nothing less than perfection, will also be delighted with the first feeble, stumbling effort you make tomorrow to do the simplest duty.”

–C.S. Lewis

interference calls

“We pay human physicians to interfere with our lifestyles and counselors to help us adjust our relationships, but when our Creator gives us prescriptions and counsel free of charge, we tend to resent his meddling and to regard our accountability as a kind of ‘guilt trip.’ The truth is, our responsibility to him is simultaneously accountability to ourselves, because his instructions are based on cause and effect, like the Surgeon General’s recommendations for good diet and exercise and warnings against smoking. Ignorance is as blissful as undiagnosed cancer.”

–Roy Gane

Your truest place

“Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in [the world]’ while really it is finding its place in him.”. –CS Lewis

Baby Face

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100% of the world’s brokenness and sadness could be healed by looking into the Bible and into the faces of babies.
It would make us joyful children again, ourselves.  Yet, even more so–because it wouldn’t be built on only childish things.

The First Place

“From time to time, I get notes from attendees thanking me for creating a church to which they can invite their neighbors and unchurched family members.  As appreciative as I am, it still strikes me as odd that someone would have to thank a pastor for creating a church that is doing the very thing the church was created to do in the first place.  Why should that be the exception and not the rule?  It’s a shame that so many churches are married to a designed-by-Christians-FOR-Christians-only culture.  A culture in which they TALK about the Great Commission, SING SONGS about the Great Commission, but REFUSE TO REORGANIZE their churches around the Great Commission.  These are often the same churches where members TALK about grace, sing about how ‘amazing’ it is, but create graceless cultures where only those who play by [their] rules feel welcome.  . . . Churches shouldn’t do anything that makes it unnecessarily difficult for people who are turning to God.”

–Andy Stanley, Deep and Wide