Words matter. These are the best Erwin McManus Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
While we would love to have no criticism, probably if we had no critique, we wouldn’t be doing anything meaningful.
I think that’s a part of what motivates me in my teaching and writing. Once the Gospel feels mainstream and becomes a nicely organized, orchestrated belief system, frankly, I don’t think there is even an attraction to the human spirit.
The system of Christian celebrity was not a good space for me, and it was brutal on my kids – my son in college was frequently confronted by people railing against me as a heretic.
I became a Christian because I met God.
I realize that I live on the bubble of insanity. I feel the weight of human suffering, loneliness and despair on me all the time. It’s not getting easier; if anything, it’s always right on the edge of my skin.
The Bible has been trapped in modernity. Everything has to work perfectly. And if everything doesn’t fit in a Lego-oriented functionality, then we don’t deal with it as Christians.
If you look at it from just a pure economic basis, technology is replacing all of the jobs robots can do, and machinery is replacing the jobs that humans once held. If we don’t train our children to imagine, to create, they’re going to be unemployable.
Religion as a whole specializes in sin management. It’s all about organizing humanity in such a way that we cause as little damage as possible.
We need to understand that Christianity is about changing; it is not about a religion.
From the beginning, our community has been focused on people outside of Christianity. But that emphasis means that a lot of hard work is represented in every person who is baptized.
How many people just get up on Monday and do the same thing they’ve done every single Monday – go to work and just turn on route automatic and no longer have any meaning in their life?
If we keep asking the wrong questions, we are just going to get better wrong answers. The solution to lack of community isn’t to give up on the community.
I think we’ve overstated that God is the God who wants us to obey. Obedience is not the end game. Obedience is only our calling so that we can step into our freedom.
I love what Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Jesus all said – that love is really the driving principle of the creative act. In fact, they would say that great art is always inspired by love.
When we look at history, we see history is made up of the heroes of their times. Yet, somehow we miss this when we put on the lens of the Scriptures.
So much of what comes out of the faith community seems so dour and somber, and we want to say, ‘Hey, we’re real people. You can be a person of faith and really enjoy life and laugh.’
I think we are all trying to figure out what it means to be the Church as opposed to just doing church.
You have a generation that is saying we are tapping out of religion in many ways. But what they are not saying is that we are tapping out of a serious search for meaning in life.
I have an incredible confidence in the resilience of the human spirit and the creative ability of the Holy Spirit. So, if you can get people asking the right questions, it really will start moving in the right direction.
I have so much confidence in the reality of Jesus that I feel no pressure to try to make people act or be a certain way. I’m banking everything on the fact that God actually changes people.
Los Angeles has been known as the center of creativity but has often been equally known for the absence of spirituality.
The Bible is not an antiquated text. The scriptures are the text that will lead us into the future.
I think the exploration and the search for who Jesus is, and that 2,000 years later we’re still trying to figure out who He was, and did He really rise from the dead… And I think for me, the answer is ‘yes,’ and that’s why we’re talking about Him today.
Wherever and whenever God is moving in a new and fresh way, there emerges a new song!
God has leveraged the human spirit to move in His direction, and all the material we need to bring a person to the realization that they were created by God actually already exists inside that person.