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Pastoring Quotes

  • Hypocritical Leadership

    Timothy Keller"Perhaps the greatest dilemma of the pastor - or any Christian leader - is the danger of hypocrisy.

    By this I mean that, unlike other professionals, we as ministers are expected to proclaim God’s goodness and to provide encouragement at all times. We are always pointing people toward God in one way or another, in order to show them his worth and beauty. That’s the essence of our ministry.

    But seldom will our hearts be in a condition to say such a thing with complete integrity, since our own hearts are often in need of encouragement, gospel centeredness, and genuine gladness.

    Thus, we have two choices: either we have to guard our hearts continually in order to practice what we are preaching, or we live bifurcated lives of outward ministry and inward gloominess.

  • Quote #1425

    sheep3"It’s easy to love and serve a sexy church. But to love and serve a struggling one, that’s another level of Christ-likeness."
    - Whitney Capps

  • Quote #1434

    heart clockwork"It is absolutely vital to remember that a pastor's ministry is never just shaped by his knowledge, experience, and skill. It is always also shaped by the true condition of his heart."
    - Paul David Tripp

  • Quote #1485

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    "Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge."

    - Simon Sinek

  • Quote #1495

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    "Lord, enlighten what's dark in me, strengthen what's weak in me, mend what's broken in me, bind what's bruised in me, heal what's sick in me, and lastly, revive whatever peace and love has died in me."

    - Anonymous

  • Quote #1500

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    "We must beware in our attitude toward people who are suffering that we do not blunder by imagining our point of view to be the only one."

    - Oswald Chambers, in Baffled to Fight Better from Quotable Oswald Chambers

  • Quote #1523

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    "Naps are a kiss on the forehead from God."

    - Penn Clark "Advice to Pastors"

  • Quote #1546

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    "My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?"

    - C.S. Lewis

  • Quote #1548

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    "Everywhere else in the world, loveliness precedes love. Only in the Gospel does love precede loveliness." 

    - Tullian Tchividjian

  • Quote #1549

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    "We must beware in our attitude toward people who are suffering that we do not blunder by imagining our point of view to be the only one."

    - Oswald Chambers, in Baffled to Fight Better

  • Quote #1552

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    "St. Gregory wrote that every time the sacred text describes a fact, it reveals a mystery. Preachers, are you listening? We have for too long ruptured people's minds with facts rather than raptured their souls with mystery."

    - Flannery O'Connor

  • Quote #1554

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    "I can think of no other time in history where the name of Jesus has been so frequently mentioned and the content of His life and teaching so thoroughly ignored."

    - Brennan Manning

  • Quote #1555

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    Preachers are the absolute worst people to listen to sermons. So here is the prayer I use to prep myself:

    Lord, save me from compare, contrast, critique. Move me from cerebration to celebration. Free me to hear You in and through your messenger today. Amen.

    – Leonard Sweet

  • Quote #1560

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    "The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives."

    - Albert Schweitzer

  • Quote #1569

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    "Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee."

    - Augustine

  • Quote #1581

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    “To create a band of brothers/sisters, Marine Corps boot camp bans the words “I” “me” and “mine” for 13 weeks. What if church did same for 13 worships?”  

    - Leonard Sweet

  • Quote #1583

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    "If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be."

    - Charles H. Spurgeon

  • Quote #1584

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    "How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great."

    - Bill Bennot

  • Quote #1590

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    "A small leak will sink a great ship. A small spark will kindle a great fire. A little allowed sin will ruin an immortal soul."

    - J.C. Ryle

  • Quote #1605

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    "The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of Jesus' love everywhere you go."

    - Ann Voskamp

  • Quote #1639

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    "Experience is a difficult teacher because she gives the test first and then the lesson afterwards."

    - Vernon Law

  • Quote #1640

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    "A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros. Our biggest problem is how to toughen our hides without hardening our hearts."

    - Vance Havner

  • Quote #1651

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    "The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think."

    - David Icke

  • Quote #1656

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    "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."

    - St. Augustine

  • Quote #1680

    CS Lewis quote

    "It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."

    - C. S. Lewis