Worship isn't a ritual or a routine or a song. Worship is a worldview. If we're not worshipping, then we're simply not seeing everything we need to see.
There's a big difference between being rich and being blessed. Most of us are actually rich, but few of us know what it means to be blessed. God wants more for you.
God wants to awaken the furious part of your love. He wants to awaken justice. But if we aren't also growing in mercy, we might simply replace one villainy with another.
We have to come to terms with the fact that a misuse of our individual power is just as destructive as an abuse of power.
It's no miracle to earn your way back to God. It's no miracle to repeat your life over and over until you've reach entitlement. The real miracle is a relationship reconciled across an impossible divide.
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.
Through the eyes of grace, every defeat looks like a victory waiting to happen.