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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Somehow we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts Somehow we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: For all of us, the time is short and the span of life is brief For all of us, the time is short and the span of life is brief On top of that, our real human problem, the Stoic philosopher Seneca said in a direct rebuke to the modern illusion, is not just that life is short but that we waste so much of it-so that life ceases for us "just when we are getting ready for it."35
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Each side, hypocritical enough to pretend that it lives up to its own hype, is Each side, hypocritical enough to pretend that it lives up to its own hype, is equally insistent that the other side's worst is truly all that it is. American political advertising is sinking slowly toward a level worthy of Soviet propaganda. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Freedom is not the permission to do what you like. It's the power to do Freedom is not the permission to do what you like. It's the power to do what you ought. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: When a friend told Francis Bacon that he would prefer not to have an eternal When a friend told Francis Bacon that he would prefer not to have an eternal soul than to live in eternal torment, the painter replied with a grim realism that people are so attracted to their egos that they'd probably rather have the torment than simple annihilation. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: For at this juncture, the West has cut itself off from its own Jewish and For at this juncture, the West has cut itself off from its own Jewish and Christian roots - the faith, the ideas, the ethics and the way of life that made it the West. It now stands deeply divided, uncertain of its post-Christian identity, and with its dominance waning in the global era. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In other words, we are never freer than when we become most ourselves, most human, In other words, we are never freer than when we become most ourselves, most human, most just, most excellent, and the like. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In short, contrary to the founders - and in ways they do not realize themselves In short, contrary to the founders - and in ways they do not realize themselves - Americans today are heedlessly pursuing a vision of freedom that is short-lived and suicidal. Once again, freedom without virtue, leadership without character, business without trust, law without customs, education without meaning and medicine, science and technology without human considerations can end only in disaster. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: When we learn the wrong lessons of history, evil is reinforced rather than restrained- particularly When we learn the wrong lessons of history, evil is reinforced rather than restrained- particularly when we use the injuries of the past to serve the interests of the future and ignore the injustices of the present. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We must never distinguish apologetics and evangelism too neatly. But in broad terms, evangelism is We must never distinguish apologetics and evangelism too neatly. But in broad terms, evangelism is the sharing of the good news, and it addresses the needs and desires of those who know they are in a bad situation. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The account in the gospel of John says three times that Jesus was angry. One The account in the gospel of John says three times that Jesus was angry. One of the words used is the Greek term for "furious indignation" - the word used by Aeschylus to describe war horses rearing up on their hind legs, snorting through their nostrils, and charging into battle. This was the reaction of Jesus of Nazareth when face to face with a loved one's death. The world that God created good and beautiful and whole was now broken and in ruins. In moments Jesus was going to do something, but his first response was outrage - instinctive, blazing outrage. Clearly, death was even worse in his eyes than in ours. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: This combination of the abandonment of evangelism, the divorce between evangelism, apologetics and discipleship, and This combination of the abandonment of evangelism, the divorce between evangelism, apologetics and discipleship, and the failure to appreciate true human diversity is deeply serious. It is probably behind the fact that many Christians, realizing the ineffectiveness of many current approaches and sensing the unpopularity and implausibility of much Christian witness, have simply fallen silent and given up evangelism altogether, sometimes relieved to mask their evasion under a newfound passion for social justice that can forget the gaucheness of evangelism. At best, many of us who take the good news of Jesus seriously are eager and ready to share the good news when we meet people who are open, interested or in need of what we have to share. But we are less effective when we encounter people who are not open, not interested or not needy - in other words, people who are closed, indifferent, hostile, skeptical or apathetic, and therefore require persuasion. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: I live before the audience of One-before others I have nothing to gain, nothing to I live before the audience of One-before others I have nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing to prove. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Jesus never spoke to two people the same way, and neither should we. Every single Jesus never spoke to two people the same way, and neither should we. Every single person is unique and individual and deserves an approach that respects that uniqueness. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Christian advocacy always goes wrong when we become the focus of our efforts, rather than Christian advocacy always goes wrong when we become the focus of our efforts, rather than the Lord. For when we are the focus, we subtly come to believe that God is no more certain than our defense of him. Argue and defend God well, and the world of faith appears unshakable. Defend him badly, and doubts creep in or crash down on top of us. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The problem with Western Christians is not that they aren't where they should be but The problem with Western Christians is not that they aren't where they should be but that they aren't what they should be where they are. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In short, sin frames God falsely. Thinking of him as he isn't, sin justifies itself In short, sin frames God falsely. Thinking of him as he isn't, sin justifies itself in rejecting him as he is - and therefore draws the false view around itself like a security blanket to provide itself with an alibi for not believing or obeying God. Again, as we saw earlier, our overall attitude must then be that the defense never rests. Whenever and however God is not seen for who he is, but stands in the dock falsely framed and wrongly accused, we must reframe the issue and so defend God's name and restore the truth to the distorted view of reality. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but also Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but also of becoming what we are not yet but are called by God to be. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Balaam's ass is the patron saint of apologists. Madness, as we shall see, is an Balaam's ass is the patron saint of apologists. Madness, as we shall see, is an appropriate term for the unreality of unbelief. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: For a consumer society thrives by stoking unquenchable desires into unsustainable cravings and fanning them For a consumer society thrives by stoking unquenchable desires into unsustainable cravings and fanning them with an inflated rage for rights. The restlessness it creates by providing false satisfactions and deadening true desires simultaneously fuels the economy and destroys happiness. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: as modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live as modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live for. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The Christian faith contributed to the rise of the modern world, but the Christian faith The Christian faith contributed to the rise of the modern world, but the Christian faith has been undermined by the modern world it helped to create. The Christian faith thus becomes its own gravedigger. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The deep logic of God's truth can be expressed in both stories and arguments, by The deep logic of God's truth can be expressed in both stories and arguments, by questions as well as statements, through reason and the imagination, through the four Gospels as well as through the book of Romans. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Whereas our grandparents lived as if they had swallowed gyroscopes, we think and act as Whereas our grandparents lived as if they had swallowed gyroscopes, we think and act as if we have swallowed Gallup polls. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Mastering our emotions has nothing to do with asceticism or repression, for the purpose is Mastering our emotions has nothing to do with asceticism or repression, for the purpose is not to break the emotions or deny them but to "break in" the emotions, making them teachable because they are tamed. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: If Jesus Christ is the head of the church and hence the source and goal If Jesus Christ is the head of the church and hence the source and goal of its entire life, true growth is only possible in obedience to Him. Conversely, if the church becomes detached from Jesus Christ and His Word, it cannot grow however active and successful it may seem to be. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Everybody is born free. Not everybody is worthy of freedom. Everybody is born free. Not everybody is worthy of freedom. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Man's love of truth is such that when he loves something which is not the Man's love of truth is such that when he loves something which is not the truth, he pretends to himself that what he loves is the truth, and because he hates to be proved wrong, he will not allow himself to be convinced that he is deceiving himself. So he hates the real truth for what he takes to his heart in its place. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In the same way, metrics can record the frequency of our church attendance, the regularity In the same way, metrics can record the frequency of our church attendance, the regularity of our Bible reading and the exact amount of our tithing, but they can never gauge the genuineness of any of them, or whether they are any better than "the noise of the solemn assemblies" against which the prophets fulminated. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Thinking Christians think in believing and they believe in thinking. Thinking Christians think in believing and they believe in thinking. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt. If doubt is If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt. If doubt is eventually justified, we were believing what clearly was not worth believing. But if doubt is answered, our faith has grown stronger. It knows God more certainly and it can enjoy God more deeply. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Sometimes when I listen to people who say they have lost their faith, I am Sometimes when I listen to people who say they have lost their faith, I am far less surprised than they expect. If their view of God is what they say, then it is only surprising that they did not reject it much earlier.
Other people have a concept of God so fundamentally false that it would be better for them to doubt than to remain devout. The more devout they are, the uglier their faith will become since it is based on a lie. Doubt in such a case is not only highly understandable, it is even a mark of spiritual and intellectual sensitivity to error, for their picture is not of God but an idol. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: No one should take away the wrong lessons from the Jewish and Christian plight in No one should take away the wrong lessons from the Jewish and Christian plight in the face of the modern world. Can others presume to step forward blithely to take over the baton? Hardly. The modern world's challenge to religion is not escaped so easily. The sorry state of these two biblical faiths under the impact of modernity is actually a compliment to them and a caution to others. Those first hit by modernity are those worst hit, but this is a backhanded acknowledgement of their leadership. Similarly, those farther behind may appear to be better off, but only so long as they stay farther behind and don't engage with the challenges of the modern word. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The belief seems to be spreading that intellectuals are no wiser as mentors, and no The belief seems to be spreading that intellectuals are no wiser as mentors, and no worthier as exemplars, than the witch doctors or priests of old. I share that skepticism. A dozen people picked at random on the street are at heart as likely to offer sensible views on moral and political matters as a cross-section of the intelligentsia. But I would go further. One of the principal lessons of our tragic century, which has seen so many millions of innocent lives sacrificed to improve the lot of humanity, is - beware intellectuals.3 — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We are not wise enough, pure enough, or strong enough to aim and sustain such We are not wise enough, pure enough, or strong enough to aim and sustain such a single motive over a lifetime. That way lies fanaticism or failure. But if the single motive is the master motivation of God's calling, the answer is yes. In any and all situations, both today and tomorrow's tomorrow, God's call to us is the unchanging and ultimate whence, what, why, and whither of our lives. Calling is a 'yes' to God that carries a 'no' to the chaos of modern demands. Calling is the key to tracing the story line of our lives and unriddling the meaning of our existence in a chaotic world. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Modern life assaults us with an infinite range of things we could do, we would Modern life assaults us with an infinite range of things we could do, we would love to do, or some people tell us we should do. But we are not God and we are neither infinite nor eternal. We are quite simply finite. We have only so many years, so much energy, so many gray cells, and so many bank notes in our wallets. 'Life is too short to ... ' eventually shortens to 'life is too short. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The American 'unum' has been lost since the Sixties. If this continues, there will soon The American 'unum' has been lost since the Sixties. If this continues, there will soon be no unifying American identity and vision to balance the 'pluribus,' and the days of the Republic will be numbered. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: What we also need is a constructive overarching vision of Christian engagement in today's advanced What we also need is a constructive overarching vision of Christian engagement in today's advanced modern world, one that is shaped by faith in God and a Christian perspective rather than by current wisdom, and one that can inspire Christians to move out with courage to confront the best and worst that we may encounter. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460 The evidence for Christian Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460 The evidence for Christian truth is not exhaustive, but it is sufficient. Too often, Christianity has not been tried and found wanting
it has been found wanting, and not tried. — Os Guinness
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Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Religion was once life's central mystery, its worship life's most awesome experience, its beliefs life's Religion was once life's central mystery, its worship life's most awesome experience, its beliefs life's broadest canopy of meaning as well as its deepest guarantee of belonging. Yet today, where religion still survives in the modern world, no matter how passionate or committed the believer, it amounts to little more than a private preference, a spare-time hobby, and a leisure pursuit. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: What Socrates called the "unexamined life" that is "not worth living" now seems to be What Socrates called the "unexamined life" that is "not worth living" now seems to be the life more people have slipped into than ever before. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: I have lived under totalitarian Communism, so I prize freedom as much as anyone and I have lived under totalitarian Communism, so I prize freedom as much as anyone and have long fought for freedom of conscience and speech. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In working out our callings, we are to perform for one audience, the audience of In working out our callings, we are to perform for one audience, the audience of One. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Interestingly, God's remedy for Elijah's depression was not a refresher course in theology but food Interestingly, God's remedy for Elijah's depression was not a refresher course in theology but food and sleep ... Before God spoke to him at all, Elijah was fed twice and given a good chance to sleep. Only then, and very gently, did God confront him with his error. This is always God's way. Having made us as human beings, He respects our humanness and treats us with integrity. That is, He treats us true to the truth of who we are. It is human beings and not God who have made spirituality impractical. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Life is much more than reason, so it can never be captured and explained by Life is much more than reason, so it can never be captured and explained by reason alone - crucial and valuable though reason is. Apply reason as carefully and systematically as you like, and there will always be things it cannot explain, things that simply will not fit into its categories, however hard you push, press and pull. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: For the grand and inescapable tradition of western literary classics confronts us with fundamental choices For the grand and inescapable tradition of western literary classics confronts us with fundamental choices over our understanding of words, reading and art, as well as citizenship, civilization, faith, and the whole notion of the true, the good, and the faithful. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: One overall conclusion is plain: under the weight of the combined impact of exploding pluralism, One overall conclusion is plain: under the weight of the combined impact of exploding pluralism, the expansion of the state, and emerging separationism, the early American settlement, so brilliantly described by Tocqueville, is gone, and gone for good. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Beyond any question, the way the American founders consistently linked faith and freedom, republicanism and Beyond any question, the way the American founders consistently linked faith and freedom, republicanism and religion, was not only deliberate and thoughtful, it was also surprising and anything but routine. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: There are no foolproof methods of persuasion, and those that come closest are coercive and There are no foolproof methods of persuasion, and those that come closest are coercive and dangerous because they override the will rather than convince the mind. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: I give lectures on globalization. I have lived on three continents. I have no quarrel I give lectures on globalization. I have lived on three continents. I have no quarrel with a global consciousness. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We must also and always be discerning about the spirit of the age in any We must also and always be discerning about the spirit of the age in any generation, which today means squarely facing the seductions of technique. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The opposite of having faith is having self-pity. The opposite of having faith is having self-pity. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The Christian church in the U.S. is still strong numerically, but it has lost its The Christian church in the U.S. is still strong numerically, but it has lost its decisive influence both in American public life and in American culture as a whole, especially in the major elite institutions of society. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Thus, for followers of Christ, calling neutralizes the fundamental position of choice in modern life. Thus, for followers of Christ, calling neutralizes the fundamental position of choice in modern life. "I have chosen you," Jesus said, "you have not chosen me." We are not our own; we have been bought with a price. We have no rights, only responsibilities. Following Christ is not our initiative, merely our response, in obedience. Nothing works better to debunk the pretensions of choice than a conviction of calling. Once we have been called, we literally "have no choice. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The author explores the result of endless choice. It is not only overload, but a The author explores the result of endless choice. It is not only overload, but a profound loss of unity, solidity, and coherence in life. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In practice it undermines the transformation of faith. When Christians concentrate their time and energy In practice it undermines the transformation of faith. When Christians concentrate their time and energy on their own separate spheres and their own institutions-whether all-absorbing megachurches, Christian yellow-page businesses, or womb-to-tomb Christian cultural ghettoes-they lose the outward thrusting, transforming power that is at the heart of the gospel. Instead of being 'salt' and 'light' -images of a permeating and penetrating action-Christians and Christian institutions become soft and vulnerable to corruption from within. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: People in the secular world have too much to live with, too little to live People in the secular world have too much to live with, too little to live for. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The only hope of success is the way of love as agape rather than eros. The only hope of success is the way of love as agape rather than eros. From this rival perspective, the secret of the search is not our "great ascent" but "the great descent" - of God toward us. Instead of the seeker finding love, love seeks out the seeker - not because the seeker is worthy of love but simply because love's nature is to love regardless of the worthiness or merit of the one loved. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: By our uncritical pursuit of relevance we have actually courted irrelevance; by our breathless chase By our uncritical pursuit of relevance we have actually courted irrelevance; by our breathless chase after relevance without a matching committment to faithfulness, we have become not only unfaithful, but irrelevant; by our determined efforts to redefine outselves in ways that are more compelling to the modern world than are faithful to Christ, we have lost not only our identity but our authority and our relevance. Our crying need is to be faithful as well as relevant — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: A question is far more subversive, biblically, than a statement. A question is far more subversive, biblically, than a statement. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: What has happened to create this doubt is that a problem (such as a deep What has happened to create this doubt is that a problem (such as a deep conflict or a bad experience) has been allowed to usurp God's place and become the controlling principle of life. Instead of viewing the problem from the vantage point of faith, the doubter views faith from the vantage point of the problem. Instead of faith sizing up the problem, the situation ends with the problem scaling down faith. The world of faith is upside down, and in the topsy-turvy reality of doubt, a problem has become god and God has become a problem. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: In terms of distance, the prodigal's pigsty is the farthest point from home; in terms In terms of distance, the prodigal's pigsty is the farthest point from home; in terms of time, the pigsty is the shortest distance to the father's house. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: I'm obviously not an advocate of Christian America or a simplistic view of America as I'm obviously not an advocate of Christian America or a simplistic view of America as 'a city on a hill.' — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We may at times be unemployed, but no one ever becomes uncalled. We may at times be unemployed, but no one ever becomes uncalled. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Too often we forget that the great men of faith reached the heights they did Too often we forget that the great men of faith reached the heights they did only by going through the depths. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: apologetics is pre-evangelism in that it addresses those who do not realize they are in apologetics is pre-evangelism in that it addresses those who do not realize they are in a bad situation, and therefore do not see the gospel as the good news that it is. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: As soon as we ask what faith is and what sort of mistreatment of faith As soon as we ask what faith is and what sort of mistreatment of faith causes doubt, we are led to the first major misconception about doubt-the idea that doubt is always wrong because it is the opposite of faith and the same thing as unbelief. What this error leads to is a view of faith that is unrealistic and a view of doubt that is unfair. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: It is realistic rather than cynical to observe that in a fallen world there are It is realistic rather than cynical to observe that in a fallen world there are degrees of virtue in relation to what is right, and good and just. These are important in our human judgments of others, even though they may be blown to the winds by the grace of God. To "do good because we know it is good" is different from "doing good only because we know we are seen," and this in turn is different from "doing good only because we are afraid of being thought to be bad," which in turn is different again from "the complete abandonment of any pretense of caring about being good or being seen." The first type of action springs from what we call morality, the second respectability, the third hypocrisy, and the fourth sheer wickedness. This — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Like a precious family heirloom, freedom is not just ours to enjoy, but to treasure, Like a precious family heirloom, freedom is not just ours to enjoy, but to treasure, protect, and pass on to future generations. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Reality rebounds, and things turn out the opposite of what they seem and what people Reality rebounds, and things turn out the opposite of what they seem and what people expect. Strength becomes weakness; love becomes pornography; pleasure becomes boredom; and so on. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: There is no problem with the wider culture that you cannot see in the spades There is no problem with the wider culture that you cannot see in the spades in the Christian Church. The rot is in us, and not simple out there. And Christians are making a great mistake by turning everything into culture wars. It's a much deeper crisis. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Augustine says that you don't understand a nation by the throw weight of its military Augustine says that you don't understand a nation by the throw weight of its military or the strength of its research universities or the size of its population, but by looking at what it loves in common. To assess a nation, you look at the health and strength of its ideals. And there's no question that the common love in America is freedom. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The age of the Internet, it is said, is the age of the self and The age of the Internet, it is said, is the age of the self and the selfie. The world is full of people full of themselves. In such an age, I post, therefore I am. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: To believe in God is to "let God be God." This is the chief business To believe in God is to "let God be God." This is the chief business of faith. As we believe we are allowing God to be in our lives what He already is in Himself. In trusting God, we are living out our assumptions, putting into practice all that we say He is in theory so that who God is and what He has done can make the difference in every part of our lives.
This means that the accuracy of our pictures of God is not tested by our orthodoxy or our testimonies but by the truths we count on in real life. It is demonstrated when the heat is on, the chips are down, and reality seems to be breathing down our necks. What we presuppose at such moments is our real picture of God, and this may be very different from what we profess to believe about God. (God in the Dark, ch. 4) — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The story is told of Socrates walking through the market in Athens, with its groaning The story is told of Socrates walking through the market in Athens, with its groaning abundance of options, and saying to himself, "Who would have thought that there could be so many things that I can do without?"4 — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Tullian Tchividjian: We make a huge mistake when we define our calling in terms of participation inside We make a huge mistake when we define our calling in terms of participation inside the church - nursery work, Sunday school teacher, youth worker, music leader, and so on. Our calling is much bigger than how much time we put into church matters. Calling involves everything we are and everything we do, both inside and, more important, outside the church walls. "Calling," said Os Guinness, "is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction. — Tullian Tchividjian
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The truth is this: We always have sure and sufficient reasons for knowing why we The truth is this: We always have sure and sufficient reasons for knowing why we can trust God, but do not always know what God is doing and why. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The question the doubter does not ask is whether faith was really useless or simply The question the doubter does not ask is whether faith was really useless or simply not used. What would you think of a boy who gave up learning to ride a bicycle, complaining that he hurt himself because his bicycle stopped moving so he had no choice but to fall off? If he wanted to sit comfortably while remaining stationary, he should not have chosen a bicycle but a chair. Similarly faith must be put to use, or it will become useless. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Making the world safe for diversity, is one of the greatest tasks we face in Making the world safe for diversity, is one of the greatest tasks we face in the global era ... — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: above all the temptation to think that God is no more certain than our best above all the temptation to think that God is no more certain than our best arguments for him. As C. S. Lewis admitted, I have found that nothing is more dangerous to one's own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that Faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate. For a moment, you see, it has seemed to rest on oneself: as a result, when you go away from that debate, it seems no stronger than that weak pillar. That is why we apologists take our lives in our own hands and can be saved only by falling back continually from the web of our own arguments . . . from Christian apologetics into Christ Himself. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: To come to faith on the basis of experience alone is unwise, though not so To come to faith on the basis of experience alone is unwise, though not so foolish as to reject faith altogether because of lack of experience ... the quality of a Christian's experience depends on the quality of his faith, just as the quality of his faith depends in turn on the quality of his understanding of God's truth. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Friedrich Nietzsche predicted that secular people, losing touch with transcendence, would eventually lose a reference Friedrich Nietzsche predicted that secular people, losing touch with transcendence, would eventually lose a reference point from which to look down and judge themselves. In the end they would lose even the capacity to despise themselves. Thus, because of the 'death of God', they would confuse heaven with happiness, and happiness with health. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The story of Issa, the eighteenth-century Haiku poet from Japan. Through a succession of sad The story of Issa, the eighteenth-century Haiku poet from Japan. Through a succession of sad events, his wife and all his five children died. Grieving each time, he went to the Zen Master and received the same consolation: "Remember the world is dew." Dew is transient and ephemeral. The sun rises and the dew is gone. So too is suffering and death in this world of illusion, so the mistake is to become too engaged. Remember the world is dew. Be more detached, and transcend the engagement of mourning that prolongs the grief. After one of his children died, Issa went home unconsoled, and wrote one of his most famous poems. Translated into English it reads, The world is dew. The world is dew. And yet. And yet. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The inner, the real and the unseen are irrelevant in today's world. All that counts The inner, the real and the unseen are irrelevant in today's world. All that counts is appearance, and the world of consumerism has lost no time in catering to every need, and then creating even more, in this burgeoning market of the appearance. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: What is undeniable is that when comforts and convenience sap our energies and idealism, inactivity What is undeniable is that when comforts and convenience sap our energies and idealism, inactivity secretes sloth in to our minds like a poison in the blood. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: The faithfulness principle (of the conservative) and the flexibility principle (of the liberal) are two The faithfulness principle (of the conservative) and the flexibility principle (of the liberal) are two sides of the same coin. They are both necessary if Christians are to follow their instructions and remain simultaneously "in" the world but not "of" it. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Calling is more than purely cultural, but it is also more than purely personal. Discover Calling is more than purely cultural, but it is also more than purely personal. Discover the meaning of calling and you discover the heart of the gospel itself. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: If there is no Caller, there are no callings - only work. If there is no Caller, there are no callings - only work. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Don't trust anyone over thirty," the 1960s radicals cried. "Don't trust anyone under three hundred," Don't trust anyone over thirty," the 1960s radicals cried. "Don't trust anyone under three hundred," came Thomas Oden's wise reply. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: God is the ultimate source of all power. All human power is therefore derived, limited, God is the ultimate source of all power. All human power is therefore derived, limited, unstable and transient. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Creative persuasion is a matter of being biblical, not of being either modern or postmodern. Creative persuasion is a matter of being biblical, not of being either modern or postmodern. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We cannot find God without God. We cannot reach God without God. We cannot satisfy We cannot find God without God. We cannot reach God without God. We cannot satisfy God without God - which is another way of saying that our seeking will always fall short unless God's grace initiates the search and unless God's call draws us to him and completes the search. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: All good thinking is a matter of asking and answering three elementary questions. What is All good thinking is a matter of asking and answering three elementary questions. What is being said? Is it true? What of it? — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Negative freedom is freedom from - freedom from oppression, whether it's a colonial power or Negative freedom is freedom from - freedom from oppression, whether it's a colonial power or addiction to alcohol oppressing you. You need to be freed from negative freedom. Positive freedom is freedom for, freedom to be. And that's what's routinely ignored today. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: This basic problem of relevance-cum-subservience has been given an added twist in the modern world, This basic problem of relevance-cum-subservience has been given an added twist in the modern world, where relevance has become not only hollow but fragile and short-lived. A wider range of choices, a deeper uncertainty of events, a more pressing need for new styles - all this makes for an accelerating turnover of issues, concerns and fads. Nothing tires like a trend or ages faster than a fashion. Today's bold headline is tomorrow's yellowing newsprint. Thus the relevance-hungry liberals achieve relevance, but their victory is Pyrrhic. It is precisely as they win that they lose. As they become relevant to one group or movement, they become irrelevant to another and find themselves rudely dismissed. Far from being in the avant-garde, Christian liberals trot smartly behind the times. Far from being genuinely new or radical, they catch up and announce their discoveries breathlessly, only to see the vanguard disappearing down the road on the trail of a different pursuit. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We may be in the dark about what God is *doing*, but we are not We may be in the dark about what God is *doing*, but we are not in the dark about God. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: Either we conform our desires to the truth or we conform the truth to our Either we conform our desires to the truth or we conform the truth to our desires. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone. — Os Guinness
Os Guinness Sayings By Os Guinness: We Christians must show again that we are both people of the Word and people We Christians must show again that we are both people of the Word and people who believe in words. Words are never mere words for us, — Os Guinness