When the mask of self-righteousness has been torn from us and we stand stripped of all our accustomed defenses, we are candidates for God’s generous grace. —Erwin Lutzer For quite a few people, there is something upsetting about the 100%-with-no-exceptions forgiveness that Jesus talked about.  It is a feature that upsets conservatives.  But it also upsets

“God built lighthouses to see people through the storms.  Then he built storms to remind people to find lighthouses.”  —Shannon L. Alder “The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better.  Repenting

“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of.  Our attention would have been on God.    —C.S. Lewis  The churches must learn humility as well as teach it.  —George Bernard Shaw  Churchgoers are like coals in a fire.  When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die

“The settlements on the frontier appear very desirous to have the gospel preached amongst them…and churches are rapidly forming, which will soon need settled pastors.”  —The General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1801 “Filling this need [the need for preachers of the gospel on the frontier] was the first in a series of events

“This pilgrim-life is filled with joy and travail, with pleasures and afflictions, with clarity and confusion, with assurance and doubt, with obedience and disbelief, with confidence and uncertainty.  But there are two critical truths to bear in mind when our surroundings become precarious: others have preceded us in this journey, and some have left maps