Thursday, January 19, 2006

Velvet Elvis

I FINALLY finished Velvet Elvis...I liked the book alot...It's not intellectual, but it's packed with lots of really good information. BTW, why all the controversy? Anyhow, I thought I would add some quotes that caused me to think:

"If the gospel isn't good news for everybody, then it isn't good news for anybody

And this is because the most powerful things happen when the church surrenders its desire to convert people and convince them to join. It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly on display."

"The way of Jesus is a journey, not a destination. On a journey, the scenery changes. A lot. We can prepare for some things but not all. We make mistakes, figure it out as we go along and try new things. Failures are really just opportunities to learn."

"I am learning that the church is at its best when it is underground, subversive, and counter cultural. It is the quiet, humble, stealth acts that change things."

"Most of the messages we receive are about making life easier. The call of Jesus goes the other direction: It's about making lives more difficult. It's going out of the way to be more generous and disciplined and loving and free."

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