We can be strong in our message, “but there is never an occasion to be unkind.” -Ravi Zacharias
“If there is no praise in our hearts, there can’t be much evangel on our lips.” -Edmund Clowney [unconfirmed]
“Mission is the mother of theology.” -Martin Kahler
John Drury explains, “What he [Kahler] meant by this is that the early church first began to theologize (explicit reflection on its teaching) in response to the missional encounter of the gospel in new cultures. In other words, the early Christians embedded their claims into the language and mind-set of its pagan mission field in order to bring them into the fold. Such mission-driven theology can be seen at work specifically in the intertwining of Greco-Roman culture and the Hebrew Scriptures, first in an incipient form in the New Testament and later in the full-blown synthesis of Trinitarian and Christological doctrines.
“We’re not getting anywhere as long as we gather in church with people we’d gather with if Jesus were still dead.” -Russell Moore
“In Acts 17:16-34, Luke has become fully at home within the linguistic world of paganism, facing its questions and using its speech. Luke refuses, however, to fit the good news of Jesus into paganism’s preconceived categories. Jesus Christ is Lord.” -William Willimon
“It should be uncontroversial… to say that if the teachings of Christianity were genuinely to take root in human hearts–if indeed we all believed that God is love and that we ought to love our neighbors as ourselves– we should have no desire for war, should hate injustice worse than death, and should find indifference to the sufferings of others impossible.” -David Bentley Hart