When pastors don’t have rich spiritual lives with Christ, they become victimized by other models of success – models conveyed to them by their training, by their experience in the church, or just by our culture.
School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them.
Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn’t organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.
I believe that every human being is sufficiently depraved that when we get to Heaven, no one will be able to say, ‘I merited this.’
We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.
Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.
So many people would like to have guidance from God because obviously, if you have a word from God, it’s the best possible thing. But they don’t relate that to life as a whole. Often they want guidance as a way of opting out of the responsibility of making decisions.
Leadership does not depend on being right.
At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.