Quote of the Week: 3/31/16

“I believe as Christians, and as a Christian artist, we need a fresh revelation of who God is. Yes God is our friend, but he is also King, and this is a good thing. If God is no different than you and I, then what kind of God would he be? I am grateful that God is not like me. I am thankful that God is not only good but powerful and Holy, and worthy of my respect.” – Ben Pierce (Read more on Come&Live)

Quote of the Week

Jesus is just a story. But his story is true and he is real. His teachings were not simply well wishes or pleasant suggestions, but an invitation to complete transformation. Today his words speak to billions worldwide, and they speak to you and me.

The powerful thing about words is that they work their way, outside in, from our ears to our minds to our hearts.

Stories well told get past our defenses and hold up a truth for out taking.

The story of Jesus gets past the religion and the cultural norms as he offers us himself—the truth intimate and personal.” – John Weirick in a guest post on Jesus Hacks

Quote of the Week

“Strictly speaking one ought to say that the Church is always in a state of crisis and that its greatest shortcoming is that it is only occasionally aware of it…. This ought to be the case because of the abiding tension between the church’s essential nature and its empirical condition…. That there were so many centuries of crisis-free existence for the Church was therefore an abnormality… And if the atmosphere of crisislessness still lingers on in many parts of the West, this is simply the result of a dangerous delusion. Let us also know that to encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the Church.” – David Bosch, Transforming Mission

Quote of the Week

“The world doesn’t need a weak, powerless Jesus that’s “cool” with everything and demands nothing. People need the real Jesus.

The danger in pop culture Christianity is that it lulls people into thinking that being “cool” with Jesus is the same as surrendering to Him, and I’m afraid that pop star endorsements are only perpetuating a growing epidemic of lukewarm cultural Christianity. What’s worse, these stars become examples to millions of young people who now think following Jesus means little, and requires even less. ” – Ben Pierce, Lead Singer of No Longer Music

Quote of the Week: Holiness

“Many people think that striving for holiness is legalistic—and it can be—if your motivation is to get God to love you more or to feel superior to others. However, if your motivation is that you love God and want to see more of his power in your life, then holiness will bring liberation and release.” – David Pierce