“Therefore we find him incomprehensible—by which I mean, not making no sense, but exceeding our grasp.” J.I. Packer, Affirming the Apostles’ Creed
[1 Thess. 3:12] “God doesn’t intend your life to overflow down the storm drain or evaporate into the air. He wants it to soak others! The spillover of His love and goodness in our lives is to benefit and encourage those around us.” -Joni Eareckson Tada, The Glorious Intruder
“God is an intruder. He encroaches, presumes, invades, and infringes. He crashes the party. Tears aside the curtain. Throws open locked doors. Hits the light switch in a dark room. God pulls the fire alarm in stuffy, sacrosanct hallways…” Joni Eareckson Tada, The Glorious Intruder (for more on this theme, see Introduction)
“In my best behavior,
I am really just like him.
Look beneath the floorboards
for the secrets I have hid.”
“Tim Keller once defined forgiveness as resolving not to bring the offence up again with God, with the person who offended us, or with ourselves. Often it is the final one of these that is the most difficult.” Sam Allberry, Why Bother With Church?
“Jesus may have had pimples. He may have been tone-deaf. Perhaps a girl down the street had a crush on him or vice versa. It could be that his knees were bony . . . For thirty-three years he would feel everything you and I have ever felt. He felt weak. He grew weary. He was afraid of failure. He was susceptible to wooing women. He got colds, burped, and had body odor. His feelings got hurt. His feet got tired. And his head ached.” -Max Lucado, “It Began in a Manger”