Awfully Human

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I want to look at what we have, what the church is right now, and ask, “Do you think that maybe this is exactly what God intended when he created the church?” Maybe the church as we have it provides the very conditions and proper company congenial for growing up in Christ, for becoming mature, for arriving at the measure of the stature of Christ. Maybe God knows that he is doing, giving us church, this church. – Eugene Peterson

Red Letter Day: Father, Forgive Them

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To be Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you… how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night “forgive our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.”
-C.S. Lewis

Red Letter Day: The Moment That Changed Everything

When you are standing very close to a large object, all you can see is the object. Only by stepping back from it can you also see the rest of its setting around it. When we are stunned by some tragedy, we can only see and feel the tragedy. Only with time and distance can we see the tragedy in the context of a whole life and a whole world. – Harold Kushner

Called to Discipleship

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The average North American Christian is about 3,000 Bible verses overweight… It’s wonderful that people understand what they believe, but knowledge in and of itself is not a hallmark of Christian maturity. As Paul says, knowledge puffs itself up. Love, by contrast, builds up. And some of the most biblically literate people in Jesus day got by-passed by Jesus. – Carrie Nieuwhof