I opened up my copy of Messy Spirituality
today and found all my underlinings and dog-eared pages, here is a sample of my favorite quotes:
"Thinking about God is being with God. Being with God is spirituality. Thinking about God is praying...You have been praying most of your life! You are a spiritual person!
Mike paraphrases Paul: "Neither failure nor poor church attendance, nor inadequate Bible reading and prayer, nor betrayal, denial, doubt, insecurity, guilt, weakness, bad theology, or even losing our temper can separate us from the love of God."
"Buried in the back of my mind is the gnawing worry that my grace credit card is going to be cancelled. Parked somewhere in my subconcious is the belief that grace and forgiveness are lavish, unconditional, and limited."
"Spirituality is about doing the tiny work of God, little acts, small responses to God's presence in our lives...Tiny becomes huge when Jesus is involved."
"It turns out that it's weariness that's next to godliness, because when our souls are tired, we are able to hear his voice...[so] take a nap with Jesus."
"Sermons are not always amazing masterpieces of truth, wit, and insight. Sometimes the sermon just doesn't work, doesn't connect. It just lies there in a pile while the minister desperately tries to resuscitate it. "