“I think for Moses [the Promised Land] was always more than a just a piece of real estate. It was a place where God’s Kingdom was lived out on earth as it is in heaven."
“Paul’s discovery of God’s grace did not come through God’s blessing in the way that Paul would have wanted or Paul would have been looking for. It came unexpectedly. It came through disappointment. It came through discouragement."
“I see the similarities between today and the first century. I believe that a post-Christian world is very similar to a pre-Christian world…And if the conditions are the same, then the solutions are the same.”
“We don’t need more words; we need accurate words.”
“I want you to imagine looking at your congregation right now. Only one out of five of the people you see has a biblical worldview.”
“I really believe that if one more program would save the day, the church would have already saved it.”
“We are way past sharing four spiritual laws on the beach. People don’t need the words. They need the works.”
“There’s an 85 percent divorce rate in military veterans. There are 20 plus suicides a day."
"We as the church are to be a tutor to the world to say ‘This is what love looks like across ethnic, social-economic, and gender barriers' as we go about our sacred vocations of bringing glory to Jesus."
“What I’m calling for is a holy use of testosterone.”
“What happened at the fall was the destruction of the relationship between humanity and our creator, and the destruction of the relationship between male and female.”
“Jesus is not a western, blond hair, blue-eyed surfer dude American….He’s a middle eastern, dark-skinned rabbi.”
“You can’t really become the leader that God intends you to be until you first become the follower that God wants you to be.”
“You’d be hard-pressed to find any other preacher in the last 500 years who is so Christo-centric.”
“I’m really trying to undo—if you will, completely, audaciously, perhaps ridiculously—500 years-worth of Bible tradition and paradigm, which we need to distinguish from the Bible itself."
“We have normally pointed the finger outside the church and said ‘It’s the culture. It’s against us.’…But actually, the more we’ve looked into it...some of the problem is within the church itself, and specifically, historically, what the church has done with the Bible in the modern period."
“What you have to do as a pastor is you have to set aside your ego—you are not God’s gift to the world."
"It’s not doubt that is toxic, but unexpressed or unexplored doubt that is toxic."
“We have an unfair advantage—I think Christians do—in the marketplace of ideas, which is: Truth is on our side."
“A life of faithfulness is made of up hundreds of thousands of small decisions that compound over time that actually lead us in the right direction."