We might do well to ignore categories—all the categories that keep people in and keep people out. But Jesus went further. He didn't ignore categories, he went through the categories and dignified everyone we try to classify. Why?
Saving the world won't look like conquering the world or homogenizing the world or debating the world or ignoring the world. Saving the world will look like serving the world.
Whatever you believe about him or what he claimed, you have to notice how odd his life and death were when compared to the founders of every other world religion. Islam, Buddhism, Scientology, Taoism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism...all catalyzed by unique people, but Jesus is far and away an anomaly.
I don't want to pray like a good little boy. I want prayers that make me nervous. I want prayers that, if God says "YES", can only be explained as an act of God. I'm done believing in a BIG God and expecting such a small story.
Nice people leave people out all the time. Let’s exceed “nice”. Let’s anticipate anxiety and confusion. Let’s step into the unknown so the unknowing don’t have to. Don’t wait for them to tap shoulders, blast open the huddle and show the world what they long for—love that makes the first move.
Some of our most important ideas are hidden behind the most confusing, insider language we could possibly use.
You can’t teach what you’ve never learned. But you can lead where you’ve never been. Of course, you have to be going there too.
Everybody has an unheard story and an unmet need. That's where God is most attentive.
You're right to be cautious. "Excellence" overplayed or misunderstood breeds a focus on the "show" or, even worse, the delusion that impressing people is the same as making a difference in their lives. I don't believe Jesus would put His name on either of those mutations.
I wonder if we've let "fear" lead us for so long because it's disguised as "patience".