Tag: values

"I think one of the great strengths of the church is when it serves as an oasis within the culture, and offers a distinctive alternative to the prevailing values surrounding it. Unfortunately, the attitude in many modern churches is, 'No, we need to be just like the culture in order to draw as many as we can.' But when you don't offer people something that is genuinely different, then they'll question why they need to be there in the first place."
~ Skye Jethani
"Some people do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit I would desire to die practicing it."
~ Matthew Henry
"Every relationship we have that has any kind of intimacy or trust also has boundaries. Whether it's within a marriage or a friendship, there is an agreement at some point, whether implicitly or explicitly, that there will be boundaries...because that's what makes a relationship meaningful. So, the idea that I want to have a relationship with God, but have no boundaries, is ridiculous."
~ Skye Jethani
"How do we relate to God? Do we seek Him mainly in times of trouble, searching for answers in our distress...but ignoring Him during our seasons of celebration? Are we like the Israelites of old? Easily swayed by the idols of our age, including such things as busyness, success, and influence?"
~ Amy Boucher Pye
"I think the overriding value in a lot of evangelical churches is to set the bar as low as possible in order to get as many as we can to engage. And because we keep the bar so low, we never really expect much from church attendees. We don't expect that they'll be trained in the full Christian worldview, with a healthy understanding of scripture...we don't expect them to learn, nor do we expect them to change. So, I think we've created this tension between wanting to have a big church, and wanting to have committed and deep disciples of Jesus. And I would argue that in far too many of our churches, we've focused on the size of our churches rather than the depth of our disciples."
~ Skye Jethani