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Your God Is Too Safe: Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can't Control

Mark Buchanan

Top 10 Best Quotes

“One of the most convicting things I have recently come to realize about Jesus is that He was never, not once, in a hurry.”

“That's how I read the Bible. There are more than sixty references in Scripture to celebration and all but one or two of them are positive. Most of them are divine commands to go and party. Exodus and Deuteronomy and Numbers read like a string of invitations to a nonstop whirlwind of festival: "Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread...Celebrate the Feast of Harvest...Celebrate the Feast of Weeks...Celebrate the Passover...Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles...Celebrate." These were not quiet, sedate, well-mannered little tea parties. They were raucous, shout-at-the-top-of-your-lungs and dance-in-the-streets, weeklong shindigs. The heart of the prodigal home, shouting to His servants, "Bring the fatted calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate!" That's our God. You read this stuff enough, you start to get the sense that God is looking for just about any excuse to fire up the barbecue and invite the neighborhood over.”

“Spiritual discipline: any activity I do by direct effort that will help me do what I cannot now do by direct effort.”

“This is a bitter irony. That a faith based on staggering mysteries –the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Cross and Resurrection, the imparting of the Spirit — should have become shorn of mystery, so plodding and prosaic, so mundane and managerial is a bitter irony. It’s an irony that Jesus’ famous statement to Nicodemus, you must be born again, has in our hands been turned into a slogan and a formula. Out of Jesus’ mouth, in Nicodemus’ ear, that statement proclaimed a staggering mystery. It was the ultimate antiformula.”

“The Pharisees had an ethic of avoidance, and Jesus had an ethic of involvement.”

“Laughter—just good bone-shaking, belly-jiggling, light-in-the-head laughter, is a sure sign of health. The only one who hates it is Satan and all his wannabes.”

“We honestly think that we ourselves and those around us should be proficient with spiritual power, moving and acting with agility and endurance, wisdom and purity, able to conquer long-established habits of sloth and rebelliousness, simply on the basis of our desire and effort and sincerity...We have to train for the spiritual life.”

“Silence is the room we create for the searching of God, where we hear His voice and follow.”

“Love can’t cover over the sins we cover up…If you want God and others to cover over your sin, stop covering it up.”

“Holy habits are that: the disciplines, the routines by which we stay alive and focused on Him. At first we choose them and carry them out; after a while they are part of who we are. And they carry us.”

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busy, spiritual-disciplines, sanctification, prayerer, busyness, christian-living, presence-of-god, silence, jesus, laughter, social-gospel, hearing-god, confession, sin

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