Smith on Worship as Discipleship

“Worship is the arena in which God recalibrates our hearts, reforms our desires, and rehabituates our loves. Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us. Worship is the heart of discipleship because it is the gymnasium in which God retrains our hearts.”

James K. A. Smith in You are What You Love

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Naselli and Crowley on Conscience and Churches

“The Bible gives clear evidence that God intends the little clashes of culture in your church to get you ready for the really difficult clashes of culture in missions and evangelism. At least, the church is supposed to be that laboratory. There are so many Christians in America that we have the luxury of dividing up into smaller and smaller subsets so that we can be part of a church where members hold very few uncomfortable differences of opinion on matters of conscience. We even enshrine some of those scruples in our bylaws to guarantee unity—or, more accurately, uniformity.”

Andrew Naselli and J.D. Crowley in Conscience

Hyde on the Wrath of God

“Because the spirit of our age is tolerance, we do not meditate on the wrath of God much these days. Our inherent idolatry latches onto this spirit and causes us to want a tame God we can keep on a leash. We want the kind of God who fits on a dashboard, on a bumper sticker, and on a t-shirt. We want a God who is like a toy we can take off the shelf every Sunday and use for our good, only to put Him back on the shelf Monday through Saturday. We want a God who is not present with us at the office as we join in the crowd’s corrupt talk. We want a God who is not with us as we bicker, gossip, and complain with other parents as our kids play at the park. We want a nice God who never confronts our laziness, who never upsets the status quo in our lives, who never tells us that what we are doing is sin. No, it’s not God we want by nature, but our desires; it’s not God we want to serve, but ourselves.”

Daniel Hyde in God in Our Midst

Chapell on Loving God & Self

“When we love God most of all, we are most satisfied when his purposes are most fulfilled in us. We boast in sufferings that promote his glory. We delight in joys that demonstrate his care. We receive without complaint the discipline that conforms us to his likeness and turns us from spiritual harm. We give thanks for the daily bread and special providences that make our lives productive, pleasant, and peaceful. We willingly sacrifice for the sake of magnifying his name. All of these are possible because we love ourselves while loving our God even more than our own lives.”

Bryan Chapell in Unlimited Grace

Dever on Sharing the Gospel

“So that’s the balance that we want to see—honesty, urgency, and joy. Honesty and urgency with no joy gives us a grim determination (read Philippians). Honesty and joy with no urgency gives us a carelessness about time (read 2 Peter). And urgency and joy with no honesty leads us into distorted claims about immediate benefits of the gospel (read 1 Peter).”

Mark Dever in The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

 

Gibson on Enjoyment without God

“Endless enjoyment does not come in the box with your iPhone— if it did, why have you been considering that upgrade? Enjoyment is not automatically part of sex. It is not on the keyring to your dream house. It doesn’t ride with you on the passenger seat in your new car. We all know what it is like to have tasted the best life has to offer and still to be left wondering what comes next.”

David Gibson in Living Life Backwards