Quickening Quotes

“The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life. . . What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give. . . If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning in life, and identity, then it is an idol.”

Tim Keller from Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters



“A very wise man once told me that tucked away inside every critic’s attack is usually at least a tiny kernel of truth. And rather than reflexively lashing back at a critic, he advised, I should spend my energy figuring out what it is.”

Billy Hybels from Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs


“And in case you are wondering, yes, I think every church should be a church irreligious people love to attend. Why? Because the church is the local expression of the presence of Jesus. We are his body. And since people who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus, people who are nothing like Jesus should like us as well. There should be something about us that causes them to gather at the periphery and stare.”

Andy Stanley from Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend


“‘Who should we target?’ Whenever someone asks that question, I immediately think about the demographics of a middle-class family where the parents are 34 years old, college educated, with 2.5 kids and a golden retriever. (That’s who I would target, anyway,  because I’ve always wanted to see a half a kid.)

But the ‘who should we target?’ question has always seemed to backfire whenever I see it play out. I think a better question is not one of target but one of identity. It’s not ‘who are we going after?’ but ‘who are we? Right now: what’s our identity? What’s our mindset?’

The mindset question changes everything.”

Danny Franks from his Blog


About pastormpearson

Follower of Jesus. Husband to Katie. Father to Luke, Seth, and Birtukan. Pastor of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Posted on September 27, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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