John Ortberg's Quotes
Biography of John Ortberg
I hate how hard spiritual transformation is and how long it takes. I hate thinking about how many people have gone to church for decades and remain joyless or judgmental or bitter or superior.Tags: Hard, Hate, Spiritual
Art is built on the deepest themes of human meaning: good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death, love and hate. No other story has incarnated those themes more than the story of Jesus.Tags: Beauty, Life, Love
Normally, if someone's legacy will outlast their life, it's apparent when they die. On the day when Alexander the Great, or Caesar Augustus, or Napoleon, or Socrates, or Muhammad died, their reputations were immense. When Jesus died, his tiny, failed movement appeared clearly at an end.Tags: End, Great, Life
A bad sermon is like a car wreck - everyone slows down to see what happened.Tags: Bad, Car, Everyone
Nobody lives up to the norms that God had in mind when he first created human beings.Tags: God, Human, Mind
When preaching is done right, it can change lives. When it's done badly, my failure goes beyond the merely human.Tags: Change, Failure, Human
You can only love and be loved to the extent that you know and are known by somebody.Tags: Love, Loved, Somebody
I don't have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else's lap doesn't just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive.Tags: Love, Someone, Wise
Sometimes in churches somebody will discover a particular vein of spirituality and seek to recruit others into it, or assume a superior position because they have found certain techniques - but no one actually wants to become like them.Tags: Become, Others, Sometimes
Spiritual formation is for everyone. Just as there is an 'outer you' that is being formed and shaped all the time, like it or not, by accident or on purpose, so there is an 'inner you.' You have a spirit. And it's constantly being shaped and tugged at: by what you hear and watch and say and read and think and experience.Tags: Experience, Spiritual, Time
The human longings that are deep inside of us never go away. They exist across cultures; they exist throughout life. When people were first made, our deepest longing was to know and be known. And after the Fall, when we all got weird, it's still our deepest longing - but it's now also our deepest fear.Tags: Deep, Fear, Life
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