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Born: 1970-08-23
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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I'm interested in painting the most beautifully compelling pictures and images and metaphors and stories and explanations possible that will put Jesus in language for a world that desperately needs to hear it.

Tags: Jesus, Possible, Put

In our culture, Christians are known for a number of other things... Rarely do you hear people say, 'Oh yeah, those are the people who never stop talking about love. Oh a Christian church - that's where you go if feel beaten down and kicked and someone has their boot on your neck. You go there because it's a place of healing and a place of love.'

Tags: Healing, Love, Someone

Over the years, I've realized that I have as much in common with the performance artist, the standup comedian, the screenwriter, as I do with the theologian. I'm in an odd world where I make things and share them with people.

Tags: Artist, Common, Share

The myth of redemptive violence - Caesar, peace, and victory - is in people's bones so deeply, we aren't even aware of it. You crush the opposition; that's how we bring peace.

Tags: Peace, Victory, Violence

To be honest with you, I am passionate about all the people out there who want to know Jesus, they want to know God, and they are sick of a system that is hung up on a bunch of things that have nothing to do with the love of God.

Tags: God, Jesus, Love

We live in a world where we have friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, people we journey with for years who are gay. And we need to love, affirm and all of us together work on the real problems that we have in the world.

Tags: Gay, Love, Work

When someone sets out to be controversial or provocative or shocking as an end in itself, I don't think that's a noble goal.

Tags: End, Goal, Someone

My experience as a pastor is lots of people have really toxic, dangerous, psychologically devastating images of God in their head, images of a God who's not good.

Tags: Experience, God, Good

Suffering is traumatic and awful and we get angry and we shake our fists at the heavens and we vent and rage and weep. But in the process we discover a new tomorrow, one we never would have imagined otherwise.

Tags: Angry, Suffering, Tomorrow

Celebrity seems totally at odds with authentic community and honest, real sorts of relationships.

Tags: Community, Honest, Real

Every generation has to ask difficult questions about what does it mean to follow Jesus.

Tags: Difficult, Jesus, Mean

For a lot of people in our world today, God has become about believing the right stuff so you don't get in trouble.

Tags: Become, God, Today

I am for love, whether it's a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.

Tags: Love, Whether, Woman

I believe God gives people the right to say no, to resist, to refuse, to reject, to cling to their sins, to cling to their version of their story.

Tags: God, Sins, Story

I like to say that I practice militant mysticism. I'm really absolutely sure of some things that I don't quite know.

Tags: Practice, Quite, Sure

I'm very comfortable in a room with thousands of people.

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If there's any place where you would express your deepest doubts, it would be church.

Tags: Church, Express, Place

My parents were both very intellectually honest, straightforward, and for them, faith meant that you were fully engaged.

Tags: Faith, Honest, Parents

No one has the last word other than God.

Tags: God, Last, Word

Suffering, it turns out, demands profound imagination. A new future has to be conjured up because the old future isn't there anymore.

Tags: Future, Old, Suffering

Swords appear strong, but they're actually quite weak. Jesus appears weak, but he's actually quite strong.

Tags: Actually, Jesus, Strong

The fundamental story arc of the Bible is God is passionate about rescuing this world, restoring it, renewing it.

Tags: Bible, God, Story

The historical orthodox Christian faith is extremely wide and diverse.

Tags: Christian, Faith, Historical

Well, I affirm orthodox Christian faith. I affirm the Nicene Creed. I don't think I'm doing anything terribly new.

Tags: Christian, Faith, Orthodox

What we believe about heaven and hell is incredibly important because it exposes what we believe about who God is and what God is like.

Tags: God, Heaven, Hell

When we get to what happens when we die, we don't have any video footage. So let's at least be honest that we are speculating, because we are.

Tags: Die, Happens, Honest
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A lot of Christians have been taught a story that begins in chapter 3 of Genesis, instead of chapter 1. If your story doesn't begin in the beginning, but begins in chapter 3, then it starts with sin, and so the story becomes about dealing with the sin problem. So Jesus is seen as primarily dealing with our sins.

Tags: Beginning, Jesus, Problem

As a pastor, you get invited into the most poignant moments of people's lives. Whether it's a wedding or a funeral or a hospital visit, you get invited into the center of the event, whether or not you know the people.

Tags: Lives, Wedding, Whether

For many, 'desire' is a bad word, something we're supposed to 'give up for God.' That kind of thinking can be really destructive because it teaches people to deny their hearts, their true selves.

Tags: Bad, God, True

I embrace the term 'evangelical,' if by that we mean a belief that we together can actually work for change in the world, caring for the environment, extending to the poor generosity and kindness, a hopeful outlook. That's a beautiful sort of thing.

Tags: Beautiful, Change, Work

I live in Florida, and I live on a small lagoon. I sit and look out at the water all day - that's what my desk is.

Tags: Sit, Small, Water

Typically, a book takes me about a year to write.

Tags: Book, Write, Year

Every major player is working on this technology of artificial intelligence. As of now, it's benign... but I would say that the day is not far off when artificial intelligence as applied to cyber warfare becomes a threat to everybody.

Tags: Off, Technology, Working

I like to sit down every day and not know where the book is going. I have no idea where the book is going to go or how it's going to end as I'm writing it.

Tags: Book, End, Writing

I think it takes a lot of desire because I think a lot of people who've never written books don't know quite how hard it is to stick with, to put in the amount of time and just make the commitment to just sit there every day and do it while everybody else is out having fun.

Tags: Fun, Hard, Time
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