Today poetry is, very often, our truest link with reality. Our modern age has tended to prefer facts and reason to imagination. Such an emphasis can misrepresent, underestimate, flatten and distort reality…Poetry, in fact, is at its best an ethical way of preserving the mystery, ambiguity, power, tragedy and sublimity of our world. It should be clear to us that our modern preference for the concrete, certain and measurable hardly matches with our daily experiences of God, life and reality. Metaphors, stories and poems, however, meet us in this gap between God’s power and goodness and the strangeness of everyday life.
- Craig Bartholomew & Ryan O’Dowd, Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction, 69-70.
“On the other hand, if God exists but is unipersonal, there was a time when God was not love. Before God created the world, when there was only one divine person, there was no lover, because love can exist only in a relationship. If a unipersonal God had created the world and its inhabitants, such a God would not in his essence be love. Power and greatness possibly, but not love. But if from all eternity, without end and without beginning, ultimate reality is a community of persons knowing and loving one another, then ultimate reality is about love relationships.”
- Tim Keller, King’s Cross, 9.
“Being gospel-centered actually involves two things. First, it means being word-centered because the gospel is a word–the gospel is news, a message. Second, it means being mission-centered because the gospel is a word to be proclaimed–the gospel is good news, a missionary message.”
- Tim Chester & Steve Timmis, Total Church, 16.
“Missional / Incarnational are two sides of the same coin, reflecting Christian community that moves both outward (missional) and deeper (incarnational) into culture.”
- Ed Stetzer, Planting Missional Churches, 165.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- Jesus, John 16:33