Ronnie McBrayer Famous Quotes & Sayings

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21 Ronnie McBrayer Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: The good news, as Jesus proclaims it, is not just an evacuation plan to rescue The good news, as Jesus proclaims it, is not just an evacuation plan to rescue people from earth or the sufferings of the afterlife, transporting them to heaven. Rather, it is a revolutionary strategy to redeem the sufferings of earth by putting the rule and reign of heaven inside of people.
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Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: By telling stories, Jesus isn't somehow putting sugar in a spoon to make the medicine By telling stories, Jesus isn't somehow putting sugar in a spoon to make the medicine go down a bit easier. These stories are the medicine. These stories are an extension and explanation of Jesus' revolutionary ministry. These stories show us that things are not as they appear. Our tidy, well-packaged ideas about spirituality, faith, and reality shatter when confronted by Christ and the God he represents.
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Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Jesus did not come to start a religion. He came to blow religion off the Jesus did not come to start a religion. He came to blow religion off the map. Jesus did not come to tinker with our ideas about God. He came to show us who God really is. Jesus did not come to build cathedrals or pulpits. He came to start a revolution. Jesus came to initiate a way of life, a new way to live, that knocks the props from beneath everything else we have ever known.
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Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Is God-like forgiveness humanly possible? Yes, if it remains God's work! Forgiveness is not something Is God-like forgiveness humanly possible? Yes, if it remains God's work! Forgiveness is not something we can accomplish on our own or within our own power (no more than we make the kingdom of God happen in the world). It's not something we conjure up. If forgiveness flows out of us to others, it is because God is doing it and not us ourselves.
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Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: The Beatitudes are no spiritual "to do list" to be attempted by eager, rule-keeping disciples. The Beatitudes are no spiritual "to do list" to be attempted by eager, rule-keeping disciples. It is a spiritual "done" list of the qualities God brings to bear in the people who follow Jesus.
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Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Many of us vote under the assumption that if only the right man/woman/party/ideology could get Many of us vote under the assumption that if only the right man/woman/party/ideology could get seated in the White House, the Court House, or the School House then the Kingdom of God would come. That is an illusion. We do not look for the church to assist in or endorse the building of a made-in-America utopia which is only a Babylon with red, white, and blue curtains. We look for a city whose builder and maker is God. To him, and only him, we must pledge our primary allegiance.
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Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: We operate under the notion that America actually belongs to us Christians, and that we We operate under the notion that America actually belongs to us Christians, and that we belong to it. We believe that the church and the state can make beautiful music together if only they would cooperate. We believe that the preaching of the Kingdom of God and the rallying around the red, white, and blue are always compatible. We believe the lie of the Serpent that we can hold to the sacrificial, life-giving, peace-pursuing, cheek-turning way of Christ and hold to the poisonous, domineering, power-hungry, least-of-these-abusing systems of the Empire. But this is impossible.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: I often feel the pressure, from my peers and others, to come out and "take I often feel the pressure, from my peers and others, to come out and "take a stand" on a moral or social issue. Typically, I refuse to do so, or at least I refuse to do so in a way that will please my critics. On so many of the hard and divisive issues of our times, I don't close my eyes. I do stand for something: I stand for love. For if Jesus came, not to condemn the world, but to redeem it, how can we who bear the Name respond any differently? Yes, what I believe about all these moral and social issues matters, without a doubt. But these beliefs mean nothing, if my first and consuming conviction is not love for those who are different and believe differently than me. We have a choice: We can choose to show how "right" we are, or we can choose to love. Sometimes, it is impossible to do both at the same time.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: To not follow Jesus is to be unmoved. To be unmoved is to risk the To not follow Jesus is to be unmoved. To be unmoved is to risk the greatest danger of all: To misunderstand and misrepresent God.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Jesus and institutional religion are on a collision course, and those who go with Jesus Jesus and institutional religion are on a collision course, and those who go with Jesus will find more adventure, freedom, and religion-bursting grace than they can stand, all the things that make traveling worth the effort. But they will also find clash and conflict. The path of Jesus is not well tolerated by the establishment.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: To be like God is not to have perfect doctrinal integrity, to get the details To be like God is not to have perfect doctrinal integrity, to get the details of church "right," or to be religiously and moralistically pure. To be like God is to dirty our hands with the labor of love.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: The status quo will be insurrected by hope and transformation, as slowly and steadily the The status quo will be insurrected by hope and transformation, as slowly and steadily the "God Movement" invades this world with certain salvation. This is not high-minded idealism or a feigned quest for utopia. It is a hopeful, defiant trust that God's will indeed will be done and God's kingdom will come, on earth as it is in heaven.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Jesus is not a white, middle-class Republican. Jesus is not a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Jesus is not a white, middle-class Republican. Jesus is not a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Marxist, or a Socialist. Jesus is not a Baptist, a Catholic, a Lutheran, or a Buddhist. Jesus isn't even a Christian. Jesus Christ is Lord.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: To take Christ into our well-ordered, well-kept lives is in many ways to ask for To take Christ into our well-ordered, well-kept lives is in many ways to ask for trouble, for he will not leave well enough alone.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: When "doctrinal integrity" (a term usually defined by those using it) trumps kindness and grace, When "doctrinal integrity" (a term usually defined by those using it) trumps kindness and grace, faith has wandered out of bounds. Anything claiming to be truth that does not lead to compassion for our neighbors cannot rightfully be called the truth.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: In serving others, the church will save itself from becoming nothing more than a spiritualized In serving others, the church will save itself from becoming nothing more than a spiritualized 501c3 not-for-profit, self-centered corporation, organized for the benefit of donor tax exemption. Serving others will remind us of our identity and call us out from this self-absorbed, selfish world to be the people of God on a journey following his Son, Jesus.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: One of the tragedies of current Christianity in America is that we have so few One of the tragedies of current Christianity in America is that we have so few compelling illustrations of this life that Jesus lived and the type of radical community he came to create. Leading pastors and preachers are little more than family-friendly celebrities or game show hosts with all the razzle-dazzle and mass media presence that accompanies the position.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Because we follow Christ and are citizens in the kingdom of God, the rationale "that's Because we follow Christ and are citizens in the kingdom of God, the rationale "that's just the way it is," is not near enough motivation or excuse to keep going with the flow.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Being a "friend of sinners" is an accusation that Christians should wear as a badge Being a "friend of sinners" is an accusation that Christians should wear as a badge of honor, for nothing could honor Jesus more, and nothing is more revealing of who God actually is.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: We in the revivalist tradition have viewed grace only in terms of privatized, individualized spirituality. We in the revivalist tradition have viewed grace only in terms of privatized, individualized spirituality. Give people enough Jesus to save their souls, move them to an emotional decision, help them get their hearts right and acquire a more responsible morality, and that will be enough. But that is not enough. It is not even the beginning of enough. God was concerned about those living in dire suffering long before Bono, Angelina Jolie, or George Clooney turned into social activists.
Ronnie McBrayer Sayings: Jesus does not demand of us higher standards, he offers us himself. Jesus does not Jesus does not demand of us higher standards, he offers us himself. Jesus does not require of us super-human ability or commitments. He gives us his ability and grace.