We are surrounded by unconverted people who think they do believe in Jesus. Drunks on the street say they believe. Unmarried couples sleeping together say they believe. Elderly people who haven’t sought worship or fellowship for forty years say they believe. All kinds of lukewarm, world-loving, church attenders say they believe. The world abounds with millions of unconverted people who say they believe.
Desiring God, John Piper, quoted in:
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 199, Sunder Krishnan
One of my most tragic observations has been the reluctance of therapists, even Christian therapists, to pray with the people they are counseling. It reflects the reluctance of so many Christians to pray with one another. We’re too busy spouting advice. What if we talked less to them and talked more to God with them? Why this reluctance?
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 194, Sunder Krishnan
Maybe our job ought to be to start providing genuine community for those who need it – a listening ear; a safe environment where people can confess; a place where they can become vulnerable, honest and open for the first time. If we did that, maybe the therapist’s couch and the bartender’s ear, which really serve the same purpose, would not be as necessary.
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 193, Sunder Krishnan
Jesus knew four things: who He was, where He had come from, where He was going and what He came to do. Jesus’ external act of loving His disciples was rooted very clearly in an accurate self-perception that gave Him a firm grasp on His identity, His destiny and His mission. It is not stretching the point at all to link these two things, to say that how we perceive ourselves in certain critical areas does nave a bearing on whether or not we can express love for our neighbor.
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 189, Sunder Krishnan
Quoting Newsweek, in 1990, commenting on the resurgence of religion:
Unlike earlier religious revivals, the aim this time (apart from born-again traditionalists of all faiths) is support, not salvation, help rather than holiness, a circle of spiritual equals rather than an authoritative church or guide. A group affirmation of self is at the top of the agenda which is why some of the least demanding churches are now in the greatest demand.
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 184, Sunder Krishnan
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. . . . There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. . . . But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit-immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. . . .Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.
The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis, quoted in:
God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of his name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with his, and, for the sake of his name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts,and join his global purpose. If we do this, God’s omnipotent commitment to his name will be over us like a banner and we will not lose, in spite of many tribulations.
Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper, quoted in
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 154 Sunder Krishnan
People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Is that a sacrifice which brings its own best reward in helpful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Say rather that it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering or danger now and then with a foregoing of the common charities of this life may make us pause and cause the spirit to waver and the soul to sink, but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.
David Livingstone, quoted in:
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 153 Sunder Krishnan
Brothers and sisters,we simply must get rid of the persistent notion in so many of our minds that praying is not working. The uniform testimony of Scripture, of history and of the giants of the faith has always been consistent: that strategic, sustained, corporate, persistent, systematic intercessory prayer is hard work indeed. But it is how you strike the blow on the battlefield. S.D. Gordon put it this way: “Prayer strikes the blow and the servants pick up the pieces.”
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 150 Sunder Krishnan
[Privatization] makes the private sphere of my life increasingly important. Wait till I get back to my house get out of my uniform and into my jeans—then you’ll see what I’m really like. The private arena is where bureaucracy cannot touch me. But one of the consequences of this cleavage between public and private life is that religion has been consigned to the private sphere. Watch whatever you want on TV, believe whatever you want, do whatever you want on Sunday; but please—don’t talk about it in the boardroom, the staff room, the university lecture hall! Don’t bring it up at work; don’t discuss it at a sporting event. That’s rude, that’s insensitive, that’s the public arena; just keep it private.
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 85 Sunder Krishnan
Evangelicals are slowly learning that cultural change is brought about by cultural gatekeepers—those people who have access to and control of the reality defining institution of America. Cultural gatekeepers give shape to what we take for granted about our worlds.
Yet few evangelicals hold these positions of influence and few evangelical ministries seek to reach these people. Moreover few evangelicals have the cultural capital to address these gatekeepers. We are seriously disadvantaged by a crippling anti-intellectualism. Many evangelicals just do not think. For the first time in American history, the more one is educated the less likely it is that he or she will take faith seriously. We seem to be gatekeeper proof. Evangelicals cannot count on their size alone. Numbers may win elections, but minds win cultures.
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 81 Sunder Krishnan
Elton Trueblood, a wise and godly Christian leader of years gone by said, “There are three areas that must be cultivated if any faith is to be a living faith: the inner life of devotion, the intellectual life of rational throught, and the outer life of human service.”
Loving God with All You’ve Got, p. 63 Sunder Krishnan